Aug 15, 2016

    Spurs need more time to recover: Pochettino


    TOTTENHAM Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino believes his players might take a little longer to recover from their international exertions after they salvaged a 1-1 draw at Everton on Saturday.

    He was happy with the second-half comeback, yet a flat first-half display led to some tough talk from him at half-time.

    "I was very unhappy with the first half and, in the second half, we played much better and we showed we looked like the team that played last season.

    "We had a lot of players involved in the Euros and it is always difficult that they become fit and ready but I think in the end, we need to take a lot of positives.

    "We came very close to winning the game in the end because in the last 15 or 20 minutes, we had control."

    Pre-season signing Vincent Janssen gave Pochettino food for thought with a sharp second-half cameo that could further his claims to start on Saturday at home to Crystal Palace.

    But France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is a doubt after limping off before half-time with a hamstring problem.

    Erik Lamela's 59th-minute header cancelled out a fifth-minute free-kick from Everton's Ross Barkley and denied new Toffees manager Ronald Koeman a winning start.

    But the former Southampton boss was content with his side's efforts.

    "I think the first 45 minutes was really excellent. We had good team organisation, we put a lot of energy in and we were very dangerous up front.

    "We know it would be difficult towards the end because they have really good players, scoring players."