Pochettino blames tiredness for below-par Tottenham display

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has cited tiredness as the reason why his side were a long way below their best in drawing 0-0 with London rivals Crystal Palace, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Roberto Soldado missed a few opportunities for Tottenham, but it was the visitors who dominated for long spells only to be frustrated by Hugo Lloris, who made numerous saves, while winger Jason Puncheon fired a powerful shot against the crossbar.

For Spurs, it was the fifth time in eight home Premier League matches this season where they have failed to win, while it leaves them a disappointing 10th in the table after 15 games. It was their third outing in just six days, and Pochettino believed that fatigue was a factor in the below-par performance.

“Three games in six days is tough for the same group of players,’ he said. ‘We had a lack of freshness today which meant there was a little bit of a lack of creativity upfront. It was a difficult game, Crystal Palace are a very physical team and they played very well.

“We created some chances but Palace were very tight, very organised, and it was tough but we’re happy with the point.”

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