Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur: Sam Allardyce and James McArthur mourn their loss against Spurs

Sam Allardyce spoke at a press conference in preparation for their Saturday’s home game against Burnley, and one of the issues he addressed was their 0-1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park.

“I thought the performance in the first half was much better than Sunday,” he said, making reference to their hard-fought 2-1 win over Liverpool.

Christian Benteke scored a brace to topple The Reds, who scored an early goal through Phillippe Coutinho in the 24th minute.

“We took the game to Tottenham whenever we possibly could which is not an easy task with the quality that they’ve got,” Big Sam said.

“The lack of recovery time for us from Sunday to tonight told in the end and that made us not able to challenge Tottenham as much as we did in the first half, and they got in the game a little bit more.

“After that, it was about whether we could be as resilient defensively as we have been, but unfortunately with Eriksen’s goal we couldn’t. It was a terrific effort and a terrific performance, and the lads tried their very best to keep Tottenham out.”

Big Sam’s Scottish midfielder James McArthur also expressed his disappointment at the terrible loss. The former Wigan Athletic player admitted that leaving without a point from the game against EPL’s second place holders was devastating.

Speaking with reporters in an interview, McArthur said: “It was gutting for us all to lose after all we put into the game but we go again as we have another tough game coming up on Saturday against Burnley and now have a couple of days to try and prepare for that one.

“We defended very well as a team but they put us under a lot of pressure , we did limit them to chances outside the box and they scored with one of those, a very good strike.”

 

The central midfielder who plays for Scotland national team added that they deserved a better result for their performance in the game but expressed optimism.

McArthur was elated to be back in the team’s starting line-up and has hopes to feature in Saturday’s crucial game. He says the atmosphere is great, and believes his teammates have plenty of positives to take from their current run of form.

“It was nice to be back, that feeling of playing again is very nice,” he said. “I need to just try and get myself back in the side again.

“We still need to pick up points and try and finish as high as we possibly can.”

The player arrived Crystal Palace in the summer of 2014. Highlighting his belief and confidence in Big Sam’s team after the loss, he said: “There were a lot of positives from tonight’s performance, you have to look at how solid we look as a team.

Christian Benteke, a Belgian professional footballer, has proved himself a reliable striker with some amazing goal-scoring efforts.

Image: Christian Benteke

There’s no doubt that Allardyce’s men will take the games as they come, with hopes that Wilf and Adros will continue to live up to expectations in the the front-line.

With 38 points and just one behind Stoke City, Crystal Palace, also known as The Eagles are 12th place on the league table.

Both Bournemouth (#13) and West Ham United (#14) have 38 points from 34 games in the 2016/17 season.

The English Premier League has no comparison in world football – Pochettino tells Pep Guardiola

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has made claims that the English Premier League is unarguably the world’s best.

Pochettino’s statements came as a backdrop to Pep Guardiola‘s rants after his team, Manchester City, narrowly escaped with a 2-1 win against Burnley, who were awarded a “controversial” penalty.

The Tottenham coach warned his Premier League rival that there’s so much to learn, pointing out that the EPL is completely different to any other world football competitions.

Guardiola, who arrived City from Barcelona on 1 February 2016, is struggling with life as an EPL manager, and has made claims that “the FA has different rules”. His anger was aroused after a City player was red-carded in the match against Burnley.

Read: Pep Guardiola Believes Manchester City Can Break The Anfield Jinx.

Pochettino told a Spanish news outlet: “When you come to a different environment it is not easy, the Premier League is totally different.

“Until you are here, and you live in it, you do not realize what it is really like,” the 44-year-old added.

Read: Samuel Eto’o: Pep Guardiola Is The World’s Best Coach.

Pochettino, a former Argentina international footballer who played as a central defender, continued in his explanations: “Sometimes people underestimate the English league, they think that here everyone just plays long ball, that there is no quality, that every Wednesday the players have the day off. But those days are over.

“I have been in this country four years and never seen this,” he noted, having arrived England after managing a Spanish football club Espanyol (2009-2012) and Southampton (2013-2014).

Read: Pep Guardiola’s Secret To Success Revealed By Former Manchester City Player Samir Nasri.

Image shows Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino as managers in La Liga.

Though Pochettino suffered in his first experience as a Premier League manager, just like Guardiola, the Argentine says it takes humility and perseverance to make it in England.

Poch advised Guardiola: “If you come here and don’t have the humility to know that you must work, you can be disappointed.

“Guardiola is one of the best coaches in the world and it is normal that he needs time to settle in and get across his ideas.”

Tottenham Hotspur, currently #3 in the league table, won their 4 January match against Chelsea, who remain league leaders with 49 points.