Pochettino explains why he lost his cool after Burnley defeat

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Pochettino’s behavior after the final whistle in Tottenham’s game against Burnley has dominated the headlines over the last couple of days. The Tottenham manager had an angry altercation with Mike Dean on the pitch, due to which the Football Association has charged the Argentine with improper conduct.

The Spurs manager has said that his emotions got the better of him and that the primary reason behind his anger was Tottenham’s result against Burnley. Going into the game, Pochettino had described the match against Burnley as a “final” and Spurs could have gone to within two points off the top spot had they picked up three points on Sunday.

When asked about the incident in the pre-match press conference ahead of Tottenham’s game against Chelsea, Pochettino told Football.London, “Of course there’s a limit you cannot cross. I maybe put my toes in the line but always I was respectful.

“But when the emotion and frustration arrives after the game… I told you that for me it was the most important game to play, to put pressure on the opponents and the teams above us, and that’s why.

“I was so frustrated after the game, so disappointed with the result. I didn’t want to justify the defeat and complain with the referee. It’s only that when you start to talk, you become a little bit more… Your heart-rate starts to push.”

The 46-year-old, however, insisted that he never lost complete control of himself but vowed that he will learn from the incident and never repeat this again. He added, “Always I need to tell you I never lost control. I was under control but of course in that moment the thing happened.

“But I think it’s going to help me and I hope I don’t repeat this type of situation. It’s not going to help my team, my club, the job of the referees and of course myself. I think I’m a very smart person who cannot repeat the same mistake.”

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