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Mauricio Pochettino feels that his Tottenham side should have won the north London derby against arch rivals Arsenal, but is nonetheless ‘proud’ of his players’ performance.

Spurs opened the scoring with a composed finish from Harry Kane and dominated for most of the match before Kieran Gibbs rescued a point for the Gunners in the 1-1 draw at the Emirates.

While Pochettino believes his side should have killed off the game after taking the lead he was impressed by his players’ energy after playing three games in six days. 

Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham should have beaten Arsenal in Sunday's north London derby

Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham should have beaten Arsenal in Sunday’s north London derby

Harry Kane opened the scoring for Spurs with a composed finish to beat Arsenal No 1 Petr Cech 

Harry Kane opened the scoring for Spurs with a composed finish to beat Arsenal No 1 Petr Cech 

Pochettino was delighted by his players' performance after playing three games in six days 

Pochettino was delighted by his players’ performance after playing three games in six days 

‘We should have won but I feel very proud. I thought it was brilliant. We played very well,’ he told Sky Sports after the game.

‘It was only that we needed to kill the game because in the second half we were 1-0 up and we had chances to score again.

‘But in the end, I have to congratulate my players because we played three games in six days. We have always one day less for recovery, but it was brilliant.

‘We showed great character and the way we want to play in a difficult place, against a very good team. I am very happy with the effort of my players.’

‘The way that we play, I think we need to have character and clear ideas,’ he added. ‘We are 11 games unbeaten and you can only feel very proud of that.

The Argentine is looking forward to some respite during the international break before planning for the following months, although he would not be drawn over Tottenham’s top four aspirations. 

‘We are pleased with the progress but we need to follow it up now; this is the game. We have two weeks to recover and prepare the team for the next few months.

‘They are tough months but, the way we are, there are good things to come.

‘It is important not to set a limit; we are ambitious people and always think about winning the next game, but the end of the season is far away.’ 

Kieran Gibbs rescued a point for Arsenal after coming on as a substitute to score in the 77th minute 

Kieran Gibbs rescued a point for Arsenal after coming on as a substitute to score in the 77th minute 

The Spurs boss congratulates players, including keeper Hugo Lloris, after the final whistle

The Spurs boss congratulates players, including keeper Hugo Lloris, after the final whistle

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