Mauricio Pochettino: Tottenham boss might apologise to referee Mike Dean

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Pochettino ‘crossed line’ with Dean confrontation

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says he “crossed the dual carriageway” and would possibly per chance apologise to referee Mike Dean for drawing intention him on the pitch after Saturday’s defeat at Burnley.

Pochettino complained about a nook awarded in the make-up to Burnley’s opening purpose in the two-1 loss.

He argued with the fourth legitimate at some level of the match and Clarets defender Phil Bardsley had to drag him away when emotions spilled over at fats-time.

“I made a mistake,” acknowledged the Argentine.

Pochettino acknowledged the “emotion and disappointment” of the defeat led to a reaction which changed into once “no longer favorite”.

The supposed Spurs, who are third, omitted their likelihood to circulate two aspects at the serve of Premier League leaders Manchester Metropolis and 2nd-placed Liverpool.

The Clarets opened the scoring almost in the present day after half of-time when Chris Wood headed in Dwight McNeil’s inswinging nook.

Spurs striker Harry Kane – making his first appearance since 13 January – equalised after latching on to Danny Rose’s speedy throw-in and poking past Tom Heaton, but Ashley Barnes tapped in Burnley’s 2nd leisurely on.

“We know how crucial the match changed into once and we felt disappointment,” acknowledged Pochettino.

“I would possibly per chance moreover peaceable accept as true with gone to the dressing room and obtained some water. A dull ingredient occurs and you react. Perhaps I will shuffle and apologise to the referee.

“We misplaced as a consequence of of our mistakes, now to no longer web an excuse or to blame things no longer in our hands. We would possibly per chance moreover peaceable make better and in the live we have to for all time blame ourselves.

“I acknowledged this game changed into once key and that if we didn’t favor we can no longer judge we are a accurate contender [for the Premier League title].

“It’s a big opportunity misplaced.”

Tottenham are five aspects at the serve of the league leaders

‘We did no longer camouflage our credentials’

Tottenham, who are but to attract a Premier League game this season, beat Chelsea 3-1 in the league forward of a 2-0 north London derby favor over Arsenal in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup in December.

Alternatively, as successfully as Saturday’s defeat at Turf Moor, they accept as true with got misplaced league video games to Watford and Wolves.

“We can beat Chelsea and Arsenal but in the occasion you admire to have to absorb historic past, it’s a have to to favor these form of video games,” acknowledged Pochettino.

“It’s no longer about solutions, or replacement. It’s a have to-have to advance serve right here and fight.

“The game changed into once never below adjust for us. We conceded, then we scored. We created some chances, but no longer adequate.

“Whenever you admire to accept as true with to be a contender, it’s a long way crucial to advance serve right here and camouflage your credentials and have to be right here – but it undoubtedly did no longer happen.

“We have to web why – but interior, no longer outdoor.”

Prognosis

BBC Sport’s Simon Stone:

This changed into once being billed as a weekend when Liverpool would possibly per chance in actuality web their rivals snapping at their heels.

Alternatively, as a substitute of Tottenham being two at the serve of them heading into Sunday’s game at Manchester United, they accept as true with got an opportunity to delivery out up an eight-level gap on Spurs.

With the Premier League lead on the dual carriageway, what an incentive for Jurgen Klopp’s males to favor at Gentle Trafford.

Venerable Arsenal defender Martin Keown on Match of the Day:

Chances are you’ll per chance forgive Mauricio Pochettino for that. I judge he is exemplary in the vogue he manages that club. He went below the dual carriageway at present but that’s his ardour.

When he reflects upon it he’ll realise his crew didn’t in actuality work noteworthy adequate.

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