Pochettino speaks out on the Dele Alli water bottle incident

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur ran away to a 2-0 win over their North London rivals Arsenal last night in the League Cup.

Spurs were granted revenge for their loss in the last NLD earlier this month with a rare victory at the Emirates, just their second at the ground.

An opening goal from Heung Min Son, followed by a delightful Dele Alli chip secured Tottenham’s spot in the semi-finals.

The Lilywhites will take on Chelsea over two legs in February, with Man City having Burton Albion.

However, the match last night did have one sour note, as an Arsenal fan appeared to throw a bottle from the crowd, striking Dele Alli on the head.

Alli responded by mocking the Arsenal fan, holding up the score line using his fingers.

Pochettino was asked about the incident in his press conference today, but refused to condone any kind of stadium closure for these types of incident.

He said (Football London): “I think it was an amazing reaction [from Dele]. In another country maybe player go down on the pitch and create a big problem. Dele is so honest and professional. He behaved really, really well. His behaviour was top. I think the Arsenal people, the club, must be grateful with him.

On the prospect of a stadium closure, as might happen in Spain, he said: “No, I don’t believe. That not fair on Arsenal, the club or fans to pay for one. I don’t know what I can call him. I know after the games things are more relaxed but can not pay Arsenal, club or fans because of one person. One person, not many people.

“Arsenal will take a big decision and responsibility and fix, so in the future it’s people who behave and support their team but in the right way. It’s such a dangerous thing. If the bottle hit his eyes, we’re then talking about a very bad thing. You go to enjoy a game and that happens.”

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