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Pochettino in hot water after ref rant

23rd February 2019, 19:11 by Simon Barlow

Mauricio Pochettino blamed the dismay of Spurs' title chances being dented at Burnley for his post-match outburst at referee Mike Dean.

Pochettino became embroiled in a lengthy and heated exchange with Dean, who remained calm, as the Tottenham boss walked across the Turf Moor pitch following Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Sean Dyche's men.

Pochettino's Spanish assistant Jesus Perez jabbed his finger towards the face of Dean while the Argentinian was eventually led away by Burnley defender Phil Bardsley.

Pochettino did not reveal what was said, or the reason for the strength of his feelings, with the only really contentious decision appearing to be the award of a corner that led to Chris Wood's opening goal.

"We need to find someone to blame, it is myself and us because we have in our hands the capacity to win the game and we didn't," said Pochettino.

"I said for me this game is going to be key to put pressure on our opponents. If we didn't win, we cannot put pressure and we cannot think now of being a real contender. It is a massive opportunity lost for us.

"When you feel so disappointed and upset, you make some mistakes. We made some mistakes on the pitch and I made some mistakes afterwards on the pitch."

The outburst was out of character for Pochettino, who could now find himself in hot water with the Football Association.

He said: "It is true. One day there were crossed cables inside my brain. It was weird and strange and has not happened before in 10 years.

"Some stupid things happen and you react. I was never out of control but now I need to find the result. We lose the game because of us, not because of excuses. We didn't deserve to win. We shot maybe one more time than Burnley but it is not enough."

Asked if he would apologise to Dean, Pochettino added: "Yes, maybe, good point. Maybe I go."

Victory for Spurs would have seen them close to within two points of Manchester City and Liverpool at the top of the table, but they could now find themselves eight points behind Jurgen Klopp's side, who face Manchester United on Sunday.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Simon Barlow has a wealth of journalism experience and in-depth knowledge in a number of sports. As well as his extensive football knowledge, Simon is also well versed on cricket, tennis, American Football and cycling amongst others.

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