Illnesses no excuse for Spurs' poor show: Mauricio Pochettino

Updated: Jan 23, 2018, 10:52 IST | PA Sport

Mauricio Pochettino admits Tottenham's players were hit by a virus last week but insisted that was no excuse for their sloppy display against Southampton

Mauricio Pochettino
Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino admits Tottenham's players were hit by a virus last week but insisted that was no excuse for their sloppy display against Southampton. Christian Eriksen was a surprise absentee from the Spurs squad as he and Hugo Lloris were both struck down by illness and unable to travel to the south coast.'

Harry Kane cancelled out Davinson Sanchez's own-goal but a below-par Tottenham were held to a 1-1 draw and missed the chance to move into the Premier League's top four. Pochetttino would not name the players affected by illness as he maintained they had all recovered.

"A few players were affected last week but it's not an excuse," Pochettino said. "We are disappointed because our game wasn't great, our performance wasn't the best. The game was even and credit to Southampton because they fight and play well. "I think it is a fair result in the end, 1-1. There were massive chances we had in the last minute with Harry Kane but at the end if you analyse the game, it's a fair result."

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