Mauricio Pochettino says there was no malice behind the horror tackles made by Harry Kane and Dele Alli in the course of the heavy defeat at Manchester Metropolis.
England internationals Kane and Alli have been every proven yellow playing cards by referee Craig Pawson for his or her respective studs-up lunges on Raheem Sterling and Kevin de Bruyne throughout final weekend’s Four-1 loss on the Etihad Stadium.
The pair are free to play towards Burnley on Saturday after escaping purple playing cards and subsequent suspensions as Spurs proceed their seek for a primary Premier League away win since late September.
Regardless of admitting the challenges have been mistimed, supervisor Pochettino insists neither participant tried to harm an opponent.
“Sometimes you arrive late and you make some tackles that are not so good,” the Argentinian coach stated.
“If you play and don’t win, you’re disillusioned, pissed off and also you attempt to change and typically you make a mistake and typically you arrive late; that’s soccer.
“But it surely wasn’t with dangerous intentions to attempt to injure somebody. By no means with dangerous intention, solely as a result of the end result wasn’t good for us.
“Typically you wish to do extra, you wish to run extra, you wish to sort out, you wish to get well the ball and typically you arrive with dangerous timing however they don’t seem to be aggressive on this method.
“I think they recognise the same that it was a specific moment but the most important thing is there was no intention to do something wrong.”
The defeat towards leaders Metropolis was seventh-placed Spurs’ fifth of the marketing campaign within the league and leaves them one spot under their weekend opponents forward of the journey to Turf Moor.
Pochettino was eager to level out that Spurs are usually not far behind the factors tally that they had at this stage final 12 months and stated he nonetheless has excessive expectations for the remainder of the season.
“No,” he replied when requested if he would settle for a fourth-placed end to retain a spot within the Champions League.
“I’m not a cushty individual. I like to take a threat. I’m right here as a result of I like to take a threat. I really feel that I’m a winner.
“Typically the winner loses too and they should lose to really feel the ache.
“This season we had the same begin to final season. The one factor is perhaps three factors down however we’re in (the) Champions League. And naturally completely different circumstances, completely different the whole lot, perhaps some groups enhance lots from final season.
“I think we need to follow, keep going, believe, try to change the dynamic and try to win games, try to fight and we’ll see what happens.”
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