Pochettino on whether him being in the stands cost his side today

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino served the first of his two match touchline ban today against Southampton.

The Argentine was forced to watch on from the stands as his side slumped to their third defeat in four Premier League games.

Pochettino will also remain away from his touchline duties for the upcoming away trip to Liverpool.

It didn’t look to be affecting the side too much in the first half, as they showed some of the best attacking football we have seen from them in months.

Spurs carved chance after chance in the first 45, hitting the post twice before Kane eventually put them ahead.

However, it all went wrong in the second half when Tottenham took their feet off the pedal and allowed Southampton to get back into a game that should have been dead and buried long before.

Pochettino was a helpless bystander up in the gods as his team shot themselves in the foot again.

He said (Football London): “I cannot say that I wasn’t there and that’s why they played that way in the second half because we played well in the first half and I wasn’t there.

“No, no. I think it’s not an excuse. It’s not a thing. Of course you are the coach, you are the manager and your place is there in the dugout, close to your staff and players. When I was a player I always wanted my manager next to me or on the touchline, but I cannot say now that because I wasn’t there it wouldn’t have resulted in that second half because I wasn’t there in the first half and the team showed great quality and was fantastic, the performance. Difficult to explain, difficult to describe and difficult to explain that feeling.”

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  1. Imho, Poch changes the squad a little bit too much for this Southampton game and he disrupted the momentum of the team. They were playing so good together against Dortmund in the midweek CL game but he choose to rest Alderweireld, replace Aurier with KWP, started Rose instead of Davies and upfront he started Lucas but not Son. Maybe he was right to give Son a rest but not the other 3 players. Aurier has a better understanding playing down the right flank with Sissoko and I thought Aurier and Davies was quite outstanding during the Dortmund game. Am I right to say that if he started the same 11 against Southampton, we would not have conceded the 2 goals and lost the game? Maybe the outcome will be different, who knows? I honestly think that it was his tactical fault but not that he was being in the stand that cost his side. If I was his assistant Perez, I would advise him not to change the squad too much, maybe change 1 or 2 during half time if the same squad doesn’t work out in the first half.


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