Pochettino on why he won’t share what Mike Dean said to him

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was involved in an angry altercation with referee Mike Dean after Tottenham’s match against Burnley on Saturday. As the Argentine was walking away after expressing his displeasure at the officials, Mike Dean seemed to utter something that angered him and his assistant Jesus Perez.

The pair reacted angrily as the squared up to Dean and got involved in a heated exchange. Pochettino has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association for his troubles, but he has refused to say what it was that Dean said that made him angry.

The manager insisted in the pre-match press conference ahead of Spurs game against Chelsea that he has never carried his on-pitch issues, off the pitch.

Speaking to Football.London, Pochettino said, “All that happened on the pitch I think must be there. When I was a player, always when I had a problem with my team-mate or with the opponent, I loved to fix the problem on the pitch and then outside, it’s to finish.

“All that happened there, happened on the pitch. That for me is the most important thing. You need to accept and say that sometimes we are there with our emotions but the referee and all the people too, all the people you are talking too.

“It’s nothing important, from both sides. Only it’s a bad situation that happened but I think it’s not an issue to continue with because it’s not a big deal.”

The Tottenham manager also confirmed that he will not be requesting a personal hearing as now that he has had time to reflect on his actions, he realizes that he was in the wrong.

He added, “For me, it’s not important because I don’t take it personal. When you’re competing, when you’re on the pitch, when your heart-rate is so high, you need to be careful how you take the words.

“It’s like the thing that happened on the touchline, with another dug-out. It’s because you’re playing, you’re excited, with your heart-rate so high.

“It’s never personal and after, when you’re more relaxed, it’s a thing that’s not important. All that happens on the pitch, I never translate for outside.”

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