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'We lost our rhythm after the penalty'

Petr Cech got close to Harry Kane’s penalty on Sunday - but not quite close enough.

That spot-kick, scored early in the second half, was enough to deny us all three points in the first north London derby of the season.

After the game Petr gave his verdict on the key moments and the state of the title race:

on the game…We’re disappointed to have only got one point because we were 1-0 up and in a good position at half-time, so it gave us the opportunity to go into the second half and use it to our advantage. The early equaliser in the second half changed the momentum of the game. They played with more confidence in the second half and we lost the rhythm a little bit after they equalised. We came back into it but we were too late. We are disappointed to have dropped two points.

on getting used to Spurs’ system…We found the openings. They pressed really well at the start so we had to play simpler football than normal. Then we found openings, we found space and we had confidence. Going ahead obviously helped with that but that changed after the equaliser. They improved and we lacked a bit of rhythm. In the last part of the game, we should’ve been calmer in the last five or 10 minutes because we had some opportunities around the edge of their box but we never had the calmness to find the right pass.

on whether title winners deal with disappointing days…Of course. If you keep your consistency then you have chance to do it. We are in a very good position with a lot of games to be played. Obviously you need to make sure you compete for every game. If we keep our run going then we will be near the top and will have a chance.

 

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