Southampton 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Three match takeaways

Southampton 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Three match takeaways

Javier Howell
January 23, 2018

Mauricio Pochettino has played down reports that Tottenham are poised to sign Bordeaux winger Malcom in the January transfer window.

Tottenham missed out on the chance to move above Liverpool and into the top four after a 1-1 draw against Southampton on Sunday.

"I'm not going to speak about rumours because if I give information about one rumour I have to do it at all press conferences. That's the aim. As long as the club keeps doing that I'm happy here". "We have a great squad but obviously there are not many players like Christian", he added.

Just 26 days after an emphatic 5-2 victory over the Saints, Tottenham really underperformed in a game which seemed a certain three points. "For me, he's a very important player for us".

"We needed to move the ball quicker and create more, we made a lot of mistakes".

"Of course the pitch didn't help us but it's the same for both teams". He is one of the links between phases of play and is key in that regard.

Goalkeeper Michel Vorm, who deputised for Lloris at Southampton, said frankly: "We were a bit unlucky but if you want to compete with the top four you need to win these kinds of games, and we didn't".

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"I am not concerned about that", he said. Every ball, they were aggressive.

"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 hard".

In the end, a draw was arguably a fair result.

With form like that it's no surprise that the Tottenham terror is the hottest property in world football right now, and the ST says that Real "are prepared to make Kane football's first £200m player, and exceed the £198m Paris Saint-Germain spent on Neymar".

Southampton had chances to restore their lead, but Jack Stephens headed over from a few yards out while 17-year-old debutant Michael Obafemi spurned a chance to celebrate a fairytale moment when he sliced wide from a decent position.

One small problem with having a player as good as Christian Eriksen is what happens when you suddenly don't have him.

Dropping points makes it that much more hard to qualify for top four, when Spurs' next three league matches are home to United, at Liverpool, and home to Arsenal, but strong performances against those top six sides can really help Spurs get back into contention.