‘We need to still believe and see what happens’ – Mauricio Pochettino disheartened as Tottenham see title hopes dashed
Mauricio Pochettino could not hide his disappointment after Tottenham failed to close the gap on Leicester City in the title race.
Craig Dawson’s second-half header earned West Brom a 1-1 scoreline with Spurs – the Londoners’ 12th draw of the season – at White Hart Lane on Monday, nudging the Foxes even closer to the Premier League trophy.
Claudio Ranieri’s men lead the way by seven points with three games remaining and they could confirm their title as 2015/16 champions on Sunday, with a win at Manchester United – live on talkSPORT.
“We are disappointed,” Pochettino said, moments after his players stood defeated on the pitch following the full-time whistle.
“The first half we played very well and we deserved more.
“In football it happens when you don’t kill the game, you allow the opponent to create chances and belief. And we lost control of the game, in the first half we were fantastic, but in the second there was always the feeling that the game was open. You always need a bit of luck.
“To create chances and score, we didn’t kill the game and we can speak a lot about different things.
“Yes we feel disappointed but in the same way very proud with the effort of the players and the season so far [has been] fantastic. We need to still believe and try to win the next game, this is football.”
As Leicester head to Old Trafford on Sunday, Tottenham face a tricky tie at Chelsea on Monday evening at Stamford Bridge.
The leaders need just three points from a possible nine and the north Londoners will need help from the Red Devils, Everton and Guus Hiddink’s Blues on the final day of the season.
Pochettino added: “No [it’s not over]. It is now more difficult than before. Now the gap is seven points with three games [to go]. We need to still believe, try to win the next game and see what happens.
“Yes I am disappointed but also very proud [in the way we played this season]. The first half we spent a lot of energy and the game looked easy. This is something we need to improve – we are still very young. We need to use it as a lesson, as an experience for the next few seasons.
“The integrity that West Brom played with, this is the football [we expected and I have] no complaints against the referee.
“We are just disappointed because we are fighting for the title. To drop two points was hard for us.”