Spurs 2-2 Leicester - Mauricio's verdict
10 January 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Mauricio Pochettino praised the team’s never-say-die attitude as we kept our FA Cup hopes alive with a late equaliser against Leicester City at the Lane on Sunday.
We controlled the third round tie for long periods - 73% possession, 24 efforts at goal - but found Leicester’s defence as resolute as ever.
Shots were blocked left, right and centre and when called upon, Kasper Schmeichel produced a fine late save to deny substitute Nabil Bentaleb.
It looked like we might be on our way out but, once again, the team found a little extra in the final seconds as Danny Rose, captain for the day, charged into the box, Nathan Dyer handled and Harry Kane rifled home the penalty with 89 minutes on the clock.
The teams will do it again in a replay provisionally scheduled for Tuesday week (January 19. 7.45pm) but first we meet for the second time in four days this time in Premier League action back at the Lane on Wednesday night (8pm).
Mauricio on the game…
“I think we feel a little disappointed because, again, we deserved more in the end but we need to be happy that we equalised late in the game. You know a team like Leicester will stay deep and counter-attack and they only had one opportunity in the first half and we conceded a goal. That was unbelievable. It was a bit like Everton last weekend when we deserved more in the first half and it was 1-1.”
Below: Mauricio speaks to Spurs TV after the 2-2 draw against Leicester
Mauricio on the mentality of the team and the late equaliser…
“In the second half we conceded an early goal and it was difficult because Leicester then believed they could win the game. It’s important to recognise that this team never gives up, we always fight and try to go forward believing we can score. I’m happy we did that. There were a lot of players who haven’t played consistently in the Premier League and it was an important chance for them to show they can fight for a start in the team.”
Mauricio on the goals conceded…
“We need to fix some things because we made a mistake and conceded a goal - we’re in a period where every mistake (we make) is conceding a goal. The only way to sort that out is to work hard, keep going and be ready for the next games.”
Mauricio on the most important thing in the FA Cup – not losing…
“Now we have another opportunity. We’re alive. We have a lot of games ahead but I think we’re in a good position to attack all the competitions, we have a strong squad and we have to believe and keep working hard.”