“He will be missed” – Tottenham defender discusses Pochettino’s touchline ban

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

The Tottenham players have to make do without the help of Mauricio Pochettino on the touchline in their next two games against Southhampton and Liverpool. The Argentine has been handed a two-match touchline ban by the Football Association for his altercation with Mike Dean after Tottenham’s match against Burnley.

After the hosts overcame Spurs 2-1 at Turf Moor two weeks ago, Pochettino and his assistant Jesus Perez both squared up to Mike Dean and exchanged some heated words, which seemed to be triggered by something the official said.

Pochettino has since then apologised for his behavior but that hasn’t stopped the FA from throwing the book at the 46-year-old. Spurs fans were far from happy with the FA’s verdict with some of them taking to social media to complain about what they perceived as double-standards.

Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld has now spoken about his manager’s ban and said that while he will be missed on the sidelines, the team can cope without the Argentine.

Speaking to The Telegraph, he said “I think we have a clear idea of how we want to play and he will show us before the game what we need to do.

“I think the group is mature enough to play the way he wants to and the technical staff is big enough to cope with it, I think.

“Of course, he will be missed but I think it’s up to us to step up and deliver the performance he wants.”

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