Everton 1-1 Spurs - players' view
14 August 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Some opinions from inside the changing room after Saturday's 1-1 draw with Everton at Goodison Park.
We came away from Merseyside with a share of the spoils after Erik Lamela cancelled out Ross Barkley's early opener for the Toffees.
In addition, summer signings Victor Wanyama and Vincent Janssen both made their first competitive appearances for us.
On his debut
"It was okay. It wasn’t the way I expected it to be but we live to fight another day. I expected three points. We were on top in the second half. We started badly but in the second half we were the better side and had a few chances. On another day we could have taken three points."
On slow start and half-time team-talk
"We were a bit slow to join the attack and we were losing the second balls. We were too far from each other and we weren’t compact. The manager made his point clear at half-time – he wanted us to go and do more. He wanted us to be compact and fight for every ball and in the second half we did that and showed a significant improvement."
On our fans
"We could hear them and their support was brilliant but I’m a bit disappointed that we didn’t give them three points. Next time we’ll fight and get the win. Now we’ve learned a lesson and we’ll improve on our mistakes. We’ll go back to training and fight more to take our chances and kill the game."
On his goal
"It was a very good goal and we deserved it in the second half. In the first half we didn’t play well. Honestly, we had to improve a lot from the first half to the second. In the next game, it’s important to change that. I don’t know why we started badly, we didn’t play well, I don’t know. The second half was different and when Vincent came on, we played much better. He helped us a lot. In the end, it’s not a bad result. It’s one point away and we’re already thinking about next week."
On Mauricio at half-time
"He said a lot of things – I can’t repeat! We changed a lot in the second half. We played better, created a lot of chances and deserved one or more goals. Vincent helped a lot, he changed the game. At the end we deserved to win, maybe. But we didn’t play well in the first half so we need to improve."
On momentum change
"Of course, we had to play better. We had some problems and in the second half, we did that. The second half was better, we played better, created some chances and at the end we had to win the game. We started to play football more, had more chances, played more in the opposite half. In the end, we needed some luck. It was good to score for 1-1 so we could put pressure on them and that’s what we did.”
On taste for Premier League action
"I can’t wait to play again. It was fantastic, our fans were fantastic and it’s amazing to play here. You can’t compare it to Holland, the fans are so intense and so close to the pitch. They did well for us, they supported us and that helped us. I’m ready for everything."