Search

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino: No malice in Harry Kane and Dele Alli challenges at Manchester City

PUBLISHED: 17:00 21 December 2017

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino gestures on the touchline (pic Daniel Hambury/PA)

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino gestures on the touchline (pic Daniel Hambury/PA)

PA Wire/PA Images

Spurs manager confident his team can still finish in the Champions League places and is still hopeful they may be able to get back in the top-three

Mauricio Pochettino says there was no malice behind the horror tackles made by Spurs duo Harry Kane and Dele Alli during the heavy 4-1 defeat at Manchester City last weekend.

England internationals Kane and Alli were each shown yellow cards by referee Craig Pawson for their respective studs-up lunges on Raheem Sterling and Kevin de Bruyne during the heavy loss at the Etihad Stadium.

The pair are free to play against Burnley on Saturday after escaping red cards and subsequent suspensions as Spurs continue their search for a first Premier League away win since late September.

Despite admitting the challenges were mistimed, manager Pochettino insists neither player attempted to hurt an opponent.

“Sometimes you arrive late and you make some tackles that are not so good,” the Argentinian coach said.

“When you play and don’t win, you are disappointed, frustrated and you try to change and sometimes you make a mistake and sometimes you arrive late; that is football.

“But it wasn’t with bad intentions to try to injure someone. Never with bad intention, only because the result wasn’t good for us.

“Sometimes you want to do more, you want to run more, you want to tackle, you want to recover the ball and sometimes you arrive with bad timing but they are not aggressive in this way.

“I think they recognise the same that it was a specific moment but the most important thing is there was no intention to do something wrong.”

The defeat against leaders City was seventh-placed Spurs’ fifth of the campaign in the league and leaves them one spot below their weekend opponents ahead of the trip to Turf Moor.

Pochettino was keen to point out that Spurs are not far behind the points tally they had at this stage last year and said he still has high expectations for the rest of the season.

“No,” he replied when asked if he would accept a fourth-placed finish to retain a place in the Champions League.

“I am not a comfortable person. I love to take a risk. I am here because I love to take a risk. I feel that I am a winner.

“Sometimes the winner loses too and they need to lose to feel the pain.

“This season we had a similar start to last season. The only thing is maybe three points down but we are in (the) Champions League. And of course different circumstances, different everything, maybe some teams improve a lot from last season.

“I think we need to follow, keep going, believe, try to change the dynamic and try to win games, try to fight and we’ll see what happens.”

Related articles

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hampstead Highgate Express visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hampstead Highgate Express staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hampstead Highgate Express account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Sports News

Yesterday, 19:13

Hendon’s Amaranta Chavez has dreams of becoming a world-class rhythmic gymnast and a Just Giving campaign has been created to help her in that quest.

Yesterday, 17:30

Sarries know a win is a must on Saturday if they are to progress to quarter-finals

Yesterday, 15:27

Belgium international has been out since November with a hamstring injury

Yesterday, 12:00

Boro in action at Coles Park on Saturday and Monday

Yesterday, 09:30

Archant London reporters sat down to chat about all the latest transfer news and gossip across north London.

Yesterday, 09:00

In an article from our ‘Year In Sport’ pullout, the next 12 months for Eddie Jones’ men are previewed

Yesterday, 08:00

The Maurice Rebak Stadium club lost 1-0 in the quarter-finals of the Velocity Trophy on Tuesday, but pushed Billericay Town all the way

Thu, 16:00

Hendon will be looking to get back to winning ways in the Bostik Premier Division as they make the trip to strugglers Needham Market this weekend.

PROMOTED CONTENT

For people who suffer with feet problems, it is often difficult to find footwear that is both comfortable and stylish. There is a shop in the West End dedicated to changing that.

Toni Krok, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2007, has set up a charity to help people living with the condition and their families adjust to the challenges it brings.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read Hampstead & Highgate sport

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now