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Spurs 1-2 Arsenal - Mauricio's verdict

23 September 2015|Tottenham Hotspur

Mauricio Pochettino was left with a feeling of what might have been after our derby loss against Arsenal.

The Gunners grabbed victory with a goal in each half from Mathieu Flamini but it looked for all the world that we’d run out winners in the Capital One Cup third round tie as we built a head of steam and equalised via Calum Chambers’ own goal in the 56th minute.

Harry Kane had a goal disallowed and saw a volley headed off the line but we were left stunned when Flamini volleyed home the winner from 20 yards 15 minutes from time.

It was Mauricio’s first north London derby defeat – not a feeling he enjoyed.

Below: Mauricio speaks to Spurs TV


"It’s not a good feeling, it’s true, but the way we played was good,” reflected Mauricio. “But the result is most important, so we’re all disappointed.

“We deserved more. We created more chances, dominated the second half and you know you need to kill the game. At 1-1, I’m sure everyone watching the game would have believed we were much better.

“There were a lot of positives. We started a lot of players who deserved to play and showed they can play in the starting 11 but in the end the feeling is bad because it was a derby and we all had the motivation to win this game.

“Now we need to prepare for City. We have one day less because they played yesterday (City beat Sunderland in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night) and we have to be strong.”