Pochettino weighs in on the Kepa debate after keeper refused to be subbed

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur take on Chelsea tomorrow night as they bid to put their defeat to Burnley behind them.

The 2-1 loss to Sean Dyche’s men saw Spurs fall back to six behind the League leaders Liverpool, missing out on the chance to close the gap to just three.

Chelsea also had a difficult week, and that goes especially for their young keeper Kepa.

The Blues took on Man City in the final of the Carabao Cup on Sunday, and were actually the better side over 120 minutes, but couldn’t prevent the tie from going to penalties.

Kepa had pulled up with what appeared to be cramp twice before this point, prompting Sarri to make a change – well, try to make a change.

With Caballero ready on the touchline, Kepa point blanc refused to be substituted, and then went on to fumble Sergio Aguero’s penalty into the net in the shootout.

Pochettino was asked about the incident today and said (Football London): “Look, everyone is going to react when the thing happened. I cannot say now or put in my place of my colleague. I cannot tell you how in a situation like this can react. I think it’s such a difficult thing. Of course I don’t like it when people or my colleagues give an opinion about what happens in my team or my club. It’s not their business and that is why for me I don’t like to give my opinion too when it’s not my business in their club. It’s a situation they need to deal with in the way they wanted to deal with.

“It’s their business and not my business and I need to respect that it’s a difficult situation for everyone and of course always I tell people that the position of us, to be a manager, is so difficult, to be responsible, to show leadership and then only you know how you are going to react when the thing happened. You never know how you are going to react. That situation is more about intuition, about things that happen around you that make you react in one or another way. You cannot have an idea. That is why I don’t want to give an opinion. It’s their business and of course only I saw their situation and of course to be very, very honest, I never think to be in my position, the position of them, because it’s so difficult.”

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