Published: Sun, March 03, 2019
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

We were better in all aspects - Pochettino rues derby draw

We were better in all aspects - Pochettino rues derby draw

Tottenham could dream of an unlikely Premier League title challenge just a week ago but back-to-back defeats against Burnley and Chelsea mean their top-four place is in danger as they prepare to host Arsenal.

Meanwhile, the Gunners resume their European adventure next before entertaining Manchester United.

Liverpool now lead the League with 69 points, one more than defending champions Manchester City.

Spurs would have fancied going on to win it, but in the end they were happy to get the draw thanks to their skipper.

"Now it's about being calm". It moved them on to 43 points, the most they have ever achieved in the top-flight in the Premier League era.

'We know that [Aaron] Ramsey unfortunately is going, good luck to him, that decision is made. Lacazette slotted the ball into Ramsey who raced free, rounded Lloris and tapped the ball home to give the Gunners the lead. "We've had a few this year not gone our way and luckily we got one today", he added.

Replays showed Kane was offside when the cross came in, but Spurs' main man dispatched the penalty kick to become the all-time leading scorer in north London derbies in PL history. "The pressure is on them, not only us".

"I think if you assess the game I think we were better than Arsenal in all aspects, but of course in the way that it finished, with the penalty missing by Arsenal [it could have been different]", the Argentine told a news conference.

United's Andreas Pereira produced an even better strike to equalise before Lukaku scored a brace to ensure Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's unbeaten league record as caretaker manager continues.

Emery's embarrassment of riches going forward was demonstrated in a 5-1 thrashing of Bournemouth on Wednesday.

Toby Alderweireld then smashed wide at the back post after another unsafe Spurs free kick, with Arsenal bringing on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to try and stretch Tottenham further on the counter.

"Maybe if (chairman) Daniel (Levy) said to me, "Next season we need a title, we need to win the Champions League and we need to win the Premier League", I would say maybe you need to find another magic guy who can do this", said Pochettino.

The North London Derby was a slow burner that ended with an explosion as Spurs and Arsenal shared the points - a return that does little for either's top four hopes but is notable for being the first stalemate of Tottenham's top-flight campaign.

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