Mauricio Pochettino watched his men get off to a solid, if not entirely exceptional, start to the season as his side fought back to claim a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park.
Whilst the Argentinian will have wanted to kick the new campaign off with a win under the belt, the draw will have given him plenty to contumate for the team’s next fixture at home to London rivals Crystal Palace.
Speaking to BBC Sport, here were the manager’s thoughts: “The first half was difficult for us and we did not play well. Hugo Lloris got injured and that was a big impact on us. In the second half we played as we usually play.
“They scored early and they believed they could win the game. They were very motivated.
“Lloris has a hamstring injury and we need to assess tomorrow to see what happens.
“We tried to correct the problems we had in the first half. With another striker, the team felt comfortable. Vincent Janssen brought good energy on the team and he gives us a different option.”
The manager also commented on the prospect of bringing new additions to the club before the close of the window: “We may get one or two. We are very open, it is not easy to bring in players who can help us but we are trying.”
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Written by Joe Thomas