The Independent London Newspaper
20th October 2017

OFF THE SHELF: Strange days puzzle Poch in Chelsea chase

    Published: 2 February, 2017
    by DAN CARRIER

    MAURICIO Pochettino admitted that he was disappointed following Tottenham’s “strange” performance away at Sunderland on Tuesday night. 

    Spurs missed a good opportunity to eat away at Chelsea’s nine-point lead at the top of the Premier League after being held to a goalless draw at the Stadium of Light. Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw at Liverpool, but Pochettino’s charges failed to take advantage. 

    “In the first half it was difficult for us to create chances, which was strange for us,” said the Tottenham boss.

    “In the second half we played much better. The clean sheet is important, but that does not change our feelings – that we are disappointed.” 

    Pochettino added that the club’s physios are “monitoring” Danny Rose after the left back was forced off towards the end of the first half with a knee injury.

    He said it “was too early to say” whether Rose would be fit for this Saturday’s game, which sees Middlesbrough visit White Hart Lane. 

    Meanwhile Spurs will face west Londoners Fulham in the fifth round of the FA Cup following Monday night’s draw. The match is due to take place at Craven Cottage on Sunday February 19.

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