Pochettino praises match officials

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Dom Le Roy

Mauricio Pochettino has praised the match officials after their dramatic 2-2 draw against Liverpool at Anfield.

He applauded the ‘character’ of the match officials after we snatched a point in a dramatic 2-2 draw at Liverpool on Sunday and according to AAP he labelled the decision to award Spurs a stoppage-time penalty ‘amazing’.

We appeared to be heading for another disappointing day at Anfield after Mohamed Salah put Liverpool 2-1 in front in stoppage time, however Harry Kane, however, stepped up to convert a 95th-minute penalty, awarded to Tottenham after the linesman had spotted a foul on Erik Lamela.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp was angry with that decision and others Pochettino was much more positive about referee Jon Moss and his assistants.
“I congratulated the referee for showing that sort of character,” Pochettino said. “It was difficult to know at the time if they were right but in the dressing room I confirmed that they were right in every single decision.

He added: “Sometimes we complain about them (officials). I don’t as I decided a long time ago to stop complaining. It’s important to recognise when they are right because it’s a very difficult job for them.

Pochettino went on to say: “If Dejan Lovren doesn’t touch the ball, he (Kane) is offside but it’s clear that he touched the ball, so he’s onside. The second one is a clear foul by Virgil van Dijk – it’s an amazing decision as the referee and the assistant are so focused. I have to congratulate them as it’s a very difficult decision.It was a fantastic performance,” Pochettino added. “Everyone who watched tuned in for an amazing game from both teams. It’s so exciting to watch.
“My team played well in the second half against a team that is so fantastic when they are in front. I think our control was amazing. The feeling in the dressing room is that we dropped points.”

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  1. Of course he would praise the officials. They got his team out of jail. Gifted the draw on a silver platter. Even realistic Spurs fans would think they were lucky in the end. Their football should have got them the result with all the possession and wow play not the officials decisions.

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