Tottenham Hotspur in a good place ahead of Burnley clash despite loss to Chelsea at Wembley
PUBLISHED: 14:30 23 August 2017
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Boss Mauricio Pochettino happy with performance on Sunday and was impressed with players character
After the disappointment of losing their first home league match at Wembley, Tottenham Hotspur have the chance to put it right when Burnley visit on Sunday for a 4pm kick-off.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino remained calm after watching his team lose 2-1 to Chelsea last weekend and pointed to the good performance as a reason to be positive going forward.
It was another defeat for the club at Wembley, but the display offered reasons to be optimistic and Tottenham’s manager was in no mood to let the talk of a hoodoo continue.
“The talk doesn’t affect me, but I understand we need to talk. I don’t think the result was to do with Wembley,” said Pochettino.
“It wasn’t the reason we lost the game. The team played very well and it is not fair to blame Wembley because for me it is one of the best places in the world and one of the best places to play football.”
Tottenham have claimed some type of success under the arch in recent times after beating CSKA Moscow in the Champions League last December, while earlier this month they defeated Juventus in a pre-season friendly.
Pochettino believes his group of players are better placed to challenge for honours this term compared to at this stage of the 2016/17 campaign.
Although Spurs have seen Kyle Walker depart and talk about Danny Rose’s future continues to simmer, Tottenham did complete their first transfer of the summer last Friday. Davinson Sanchez sealed his £42 million switch from Ajax and put pen to paper on a deal until June 2023.
Meanwhile on Wednesday morning it was announced Kyle Walker-Peters had signed a new deal with Spurs, which will keep him at the club until 2020.
Later in the afternoon, Tottenham then completed the signing of Argentine goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga from Southampton on a deal until 2022.
“I think the position we are in now is much better to how we started last season. The team is one step higher,” said Pochettino.
“It is true it is disappointing to lose our first home game, but the character and performance was good.”
Tottenham will hope the result on Sunday is the right kind, so they can start to end the Wembley hoodoo talk once and for all.
After suffering a cruel 2-1 defeat to Chelsea, Spurs want to bounce back, Pochettino added: “I think you always need to analyse and try to chance things, but I thought we were much better than them.
“It was very clear that their idea was to try and contain us and play deeper and counter attack with Alvaro Morata and Willian.
“But I am happy because we were a little bit unlucky and if you don’t have luck it can sometimes be difficult to win.
“I am so happy and only disappointed. I am not upset or frustrated. I am happy to lose in that way and now I will keep working to try and prepare the team to face Burnley.”