Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has apologized to Manchester United for some tough tackles that the Spurs players dished out yesterday.
It was Tottenham’s second preseason game of the season as Pochettino’s side took on United at the Hongkou Football Stadium in China.
While Ole’s side did run away with a 2-1 win at the end, thanks to the Angel Gomes’ goal, it was some touch tackles from the London club, especially the one Moussa Sissoko dished out on Daniel James and a couple of Dele Alli’s challenge that infuriated the United players.
Of course, there were no intentions of any harm, but Pochettino still took to the press-conference to apologize to the Manchester Club for some of them tackles:
“I was a little bit annoyed about some situations, I was not happy,” the Tottenham boss told reporters.
“It was a friendly game and in some situations of course when you are tired, when it’s so hot you are not right with the tempo to arrive at the actions, sometimes you arrive late and something can happen.
“I apologise on behalf of our players to Manchester United.”
Pochettino added: “It wasn’t their intention, but sometimes when you are tired you arrive late and some things can happen.
“And I was worried because in this period of preparation it is sometimes you need to be aggressive and you need to play with passion but sometimes the focus is to build your fitness and develop the way you want to play.
Manchester United defender Eric Bailly went down injured in the second half in what looked liked to be a serious injury and Mauricio Pochettino claimed that he felt bad for the player:
“Of course I was worried, Manchester United, Eric Bailly got injured and I am sorry for that but he was alone.
“And always when the players start to build their fitness and start to fight for their place in the team, when something happens in the pre-season it’s always tough and I was a little bit worried, but in the second half the game was a bit more relaxed.”
Manchester United will now take on the Norwegian side Kristiansund in their next preseason game on Tuesday, while Tottenham will play Real Madrid, also on Tuesday.