Tottenham manager left White Hart Lane with mixed emotions after his side allowed 10-man Arsenal to come from behind to secure a 2-2 draw in a thrilling North London derby. The Argentinian boss expressed his disappointment for not getting the three points but was "happy" because his side "was better" and managed to keep the three-point gap with the Gunners in the Premier League table.
Aaron Ramsey put the Gunners ahead just before half-time despite Spurs had dominated the game since the very beginning. However, Toby Alderweireld and Harry Kane managed to turnaround the situation with two goals in the second half after Francis Coquelin was sent off in the 55th minute of the game for a second yellow card. Spurs looked then destined to secure the three points but Alexis Sanchez emerged with 14 minutes to play to rescue a vital point for the Gunners.
Pochettino was disappointed after his side missed a good chance to go top of the Premier League but is "happy" because they were superior than the Gunners and are still three points ahead of them in the table.
"In the first half we conceded a goal when we fully deserved to score, and because we managed the game from the beginning, but sometimes it's difficult," the Argentinian said as quoted by Daily Mail. "At 2-1 for us, I'm disappointed at the final whistle. But the last action, (the chance) for Ramsey at the end, we need to be pleased and happy because we keep the three-point (gap) to Arsenal and I think if you analyse the game we played much better than them."
"It's true. It's disappointing because we were leading 2-1, 11 against 10 players, but they have a very good player [Sanchez] and the goal was our mistake. We feel disappointed because we lost two points but it's always difficult to play against Arsenal in a big derby."
Pochettino, nevertheless, believes his side had an exceptional reaction to the midweek defeat against West Ham, hpoing a similar response ahead of the Europe League game with Borussia Dortmund on Thursday.
"The response from the West Ham game was fantastic," Pochettino said. "We're in a good position, two points behind the leaders. We have nine games ahead and we need to be focused ahead of Thursday in the Europa League."