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Spurs 0-0 Liverpool - Mauricio's verdict

Posted on 17 October 2015  - 16:16

Mauricio Pochettino felt one team deserved to win Saturday’s clash against Liverpool.

Mauricio PochettinoThe excellent Mousa Dembele in action

"We created more clear chances to score and if one team deserved to win in the end it was us,” stated the Head Coach after the goalless draw.

Jurgen Klopp’s first match as Liverpool boss saw a high-energy encounter but we certainly created the better chances at the Lane.

Simon Mignolet produced the save of the match to touch away Clinton Njie's effort and then had Mamadou Sakho to thank after he'd initially denied Harry Kane, the rebound fell to Dele Alli, whose follow up was cleared off the line by the defender. Mignolet was there again to parry Kane's fierce drive in the second half.

At the other end, Divock Origi headed against the woodwork in the first half but another fine defensive show generally kept the Reds at bay.

“I’m very pleased with the players, they put in a big effort, a fantastic performance,” added Mauricio.

“It was no coincidence that when Nacer was out with the injury that Liverpool created their best chance from the corner.

“After that, we dominated for the last 25 minutes of the first half, had three clear chances and were unlucky not to score.

“In the second half it was 50-50, Harry had a chance and he was also unlucky not to score.

"In the end, we need to be happy because the performance was good and we can take positives. We showed we are solid and difficult for our opponents. We’re still young and we improve every day.”

Meanwhile, Mauricio confirmed Nacer Chadli went off with an ankle injury. He will be assesed in the next 24 hours.