Pochettino defends Tottenham draw: ‘Three games in six days in tough on the players’

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first_imgTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino bemoaned his side’s packed schedule after his Spurs side laboured to a goalless draw with Crystal Palace at White Hart Lane.It was the side’s third fixture in a week, following last Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Everton and a midweek defeat to Premier League leaders Chelsea, and they were hoping to get back to winning ways following the 3-0 drubbing at Stamford Bridge.But while the below-par hosts dominated possession they failed to impress on the ball, as Palace threatened on the counter-attack and came within inches of grabbing all three points in the second half.Jason Puncheon hit the bar with a powerful close-range strike, while Neil Warnock’s spirited side forced 12 corners to Spurs’ two.Tottenham managed to hold on for a point though, and while Pochettino was happy enough with the result, he admits his players looked ropey against their London neighbours.“Three games in six days is tough for the same group of players,” said the Spurs boss.“We had a lack of freshness today which meant there was a little bit of a lack of creativity upfront.“It was a difficult game, Crystal Palace are a very physical team and they played very well.“We created some chances but Palace were very tight, very organised, and it was tough but we’re happy with the point.”last_img

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