Mauricio Pochettino admits he’s been masking negative emotions after his summer at Tottenham Hotspur.
He hasn’t done a particularly good job masking them, admittedly, but his words following Tottenham’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal show just how rough things are around the North London side.
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Pochettino seems ready to pin Spurs’ wobbly start, which includes draws to Man City and Arsenal and a home loss to Newcastle United, on drama with the transfer window, namely whether Christian Eriksen will wind up at Spurs following Monday’s European deadline.
Safe to say he’s not feeling it, and that buzz about him quitting regardless of result might’ve been wrong but founded in something real.
Pochettino did strike optimistic notes for the future, saying that Eriksen is unlikely to leave on Sunday.
“We have massive quality and from tomorrow [when the transfer window shuts] we will all be on the same page. With Christian Eriksen we have to wait but it shows it was the right decision to play him. He showed a great performance and helped the team to get a point here. … I am optimistic and happy to work with the squad and try to fight for big things for the club.
Harry Kane scored a penalty in the draw, and had a shout — we believe it to be a poor one — for another in the second half.
He sees the result as fair.
“If a few final balls would have been better, we would have created more. It is a shame we couldn’t kill it off,” he said. “But it is the Premier League and if you don’t kill teams off they come back at you.”
Spurs’ upcoming schedule is more forgiving, but comes with the added pressure of UEFA Champions League congestion.