Sunday will go down as a missed opportunity for Tottenham. Mauricio Pochettino's men would have moved into the top 4 with a win at St Mary's. However, without both Christian Eriksen and Hugo Loris, they could only manage a draw.
Spurs were away on a training camp during the week, and a virus hit some of the their squad. Pochettino wasn't using their sickness as an excuse though, and he admitted his team simply weren't good enough. They remain 2 points behind Liverpool, who can increase the gap to 5 by winning at Swansea tonight.
Pochettino Rues Missed Chances
Speaking to the media after the match, Mauricio Pochettino admitted his disappointment with his men. He said:
“We are disappointed because our game wasn’t great, our performance wasn’t the best. The game was even and full 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.”
On Tottenham's upcoming fixtures he said: “Of course they will be important for us. It is important if we are going to take points and win the games, be sure that we are going to fight and if not, it will be difficult.”
Madrid Links Won't Die
Harry Kane was the man who earned Spurs a point with an equaliser at St Mary's and he continues in scorching form. Kane has started 2018 like he finished 2017, and stories linking him to Real Madrid won't go away.
Mauricio Pochettino is also said to have caught the eye of the Real Madrid hierarchy thanks to the job he has done at Tottenham. It would be a cruel blow for Spurs' fans if both men were to leave. But, if the money is right, anything is possible in football.