‘It’s the first step’ - Pochettino’s verdict on 1-1 draw with Watford

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino during the game with Watford. Picture: Jonathan Brady/

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino during the game with Watford. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

Mauricio Pochettino gives his verdict after Spurs draw 1-1 at home to Watford.

Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham's 1-1 draw with Watford was the "first step" to his side regaining their confidence.

Dele's late equaliser amid VAR confusion salvaged a point for Spurs after Abdoulaye Doucoure had given the Hornets the lead after six minutes.

Speaking after the game, Pochettino said: "The performance wasn't great but when you concede an early goal it is always tough, it is a difficult situation.

"The atmosphere wasn't in the way you love to play, it wasn't the best. It is not easy, when I was a professional footballer in this type of situation it was always difficult to play.

"In the end we got the reward from Dele Alli's goal and I think it was fully deserved.

"That is the first step to build our confidence and we need to stop to consider the poor goal that we conceded.

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"The thing for me is it's the first step to build our confidence again. Of course when you analyse the situation after Bayern Munich it's normal.

"I think the team was fighting, we started to show character. Of course we have quality but in this type of situation, the most important thing is the character you need to show.

"Talent is after. you need to fight and you need to run and you need to be strong in your mind.

"We are going to try to find a way and we are trying and doing things, trying to be solid to start performing in the way that we all expect that we need to perform."

After a VAR review for handball, the decision originally showed up on the screen as no goal before it was eventually given.

Watford players also appealed for a foul on Craig Dawson by Harry Kane and Pochettino admits he felt sympathy for opposition manager Quique Sánchez Flores, while also praising Watford.

He added: "There was confusion and it was tough for Quique because it said no goal.

"It's not Tottenham's responsibility, it's the Premier League.

"Like everyone, maybe the guy that pressed the button made a mistake, everyone makes mistakes.

"There was good defending, very strong, they never gave the space to us to be clear and have the chances to score.

"Now it's step by step and we will stay strong. It's only football problems and we are football people."

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