It had to come to an end at some point, but Mauricio Pochettino didn’t feel that Tottenham’s Premier League unbeaten streak should have ended on Saturday.
Spurs fell 2-1 at Stamford Bridge against PL-leading Chelsea despite having taken an early lead through Christian Erikson in the 11th minute.
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Pochettino wasn’t convinced that his side should have been tied going into the break.
“I think if you analyze the game, we were better [than Chelsea],” Pochettino told BT Sport. “Against a team in very good form at a good level, we competed really well in the first half.
“It was a little bit unlucky that we conceded the goal, because we deserved to go in at half-time [winning] 2-0 or 3-0 – never 1-1. I think we deserved more.”
While Spurs held strong in the second half, despite the game opening up more for the Blues, a quick finish from Victor Moses changed the complexion of the meeting. The Nigerian scored in the 51st minute, and ultimately put Chelsea in front for good.
“In the second half, we conceded a goal very quickly, but we fought and competed. Then they had the chance and scored the second goal, and it was impossible.
“I’m disappointed for the dressing room, but we should be pleased with the way we competed. I think today we competed with a very good team. I have nothing to say about that to my players.
“If you put aside the result at the end, we had the possession, we created more than Chelsea and all the statistics are for us – but football is not about just statistics.
“We have to be clinical, and the chances that they created, they scored.”
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Saturday’s loss for Tottenham marks 30 consecutive matches that the club has failed to defeat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Spurs had their title aspirations derailed a season ago when they came in to visit the Blues. After holding a 2-0 lead, Tottenham allowed two goals down the stretch and ended up drawing the match.Follow @MattReedFutbol