Pochettino praises ‘character’, not performance

Date published: Saturday 27th August 2016 4:50

Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino was happy with Tottenham’s ‘effort’ and ‘character’ as a below-par performance against Liverpool brought a point.

Danny Rose scored an equaliser to leave Spurs unbeaten this season, with the Argentine admitting that they needed to improve drastically after a terrible first half.

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“I think we started well. After 15 minutes we had a problem with Kyle Walker who was sick. We had to change a bit our plan and started to play with two strikers,” he said.

“And it was true that at half-time it was a deserved 1-0 to Liverpool and the second half we raised our performance levels.

“We played not well but better – we competed a lot, which is important so I am pleased.

“It is true we wanted to play a little bit long but we started to make some mistakes. We knew Liverpool are a team that like to run into space.

“But then we had the problem with Walker and we had to take more risks in the second half. They had chances to win the match but we played much better.

“The effort was fantastic and the character we showed. When you play a team who like to play on the counter attack you must take some risks. In the end a draw was a fair result.”

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