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What was Mauricio Pochettino’s reaction to Tottenham’s shock FA Cup exit against Crystal Palace

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino feels his team did enough to avoid defeat against Crystal Palace and is deeply disappointed with the FA Cup exit.

“I think the performance wasn’t bad. It was an even game,” Pochettino told BT Sport. “I think we created the chances, I think we had the possession, but in the end football is about scoring goals if you want to win and we didn’t score.” He continued: “I think we feel disappointed with the way we concede, after nine minutes, I think it was the first approach in our last third.

“Disappointed because, of course, Palace didn’t do too much but they scored and deserve to go through to the next stage of the FA Cup. But you know disappointed because if you play bad, if you don’t deserve, you are more relaxed, but in this type of game, when you create all the chances, dominate completely the game in 90 minutes, it’s so disappointing and painful to lose like this.

“We need to look forward now, we have two competitions ahead, Premier League and Champions League. In four days you play the semi-final against Chelsea on Thursday and today after four days you play FA Cup and I think from the beginning of the season we are in a crazy fixture and of course we feel disappointed but that is how football is here and England we can’t complain, only move forward and try to give our best in the two competitions we are involved in.”

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