LIVERPOOL: Jurgen Klopp said the door had been "wide open" for Liverpool and hailed his young players' bravery after they exited the FA Cup as Angelo Ogbonna's 121st-minute goal sent West Ham through 2-1 victors.
- When the dust settles on the result, Jurgen Klopp will see plenty to be positive about after his much-changed lineup performed very well against West Ham's strongest side, writes David Usher.
By the time the Watford players got back to the White Hart Lane dressing room on Saturday, they were utterly exhausted. Consequently, they were also extremely impressed with the opposition. The visiting squad apparently couldn't stop talking about just how relentlessly good Tottenham had been.
"They know that we were playing against an amazing team," Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores said after his side's defeat, a 1-0 that could really have been 5-0. "They recognise that this may be the...
Last Saturday, Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores said he had just seen the best side in the Premier League. Earlier, his players had been pressed and harried so relentlessly that they had not mustered a single shot on target. What Watford had lacked, explained Flores, was not a clear game plan, but rather a chance to execute it. "We know perfectly what we want to do when we recuperated the ball, we try to play," he said. "But it was impossible."
Welcome to White Hart Lane. This is what it feels like to face the fervent pressing machine installed by Mauricio Pochettino, in which Tottenham toil to leave their opponents overwhelmed, exhausted and (normally) defeated. Many managers in the division favour a proactive style, but no one has mastered the art of high pressing like Argentine tactician, who has guided his side to second in the table, five points behind Leicester, despite a net spend that practically amounts to zero over the four transfer windows since his appointment in 2014.