21 Apr Tottenham News:’To me as well as the rest of humankind it was a punishment’ – Pochettino
The Spurs manager weighed on claims for punishment non-decision later Kyle Walker appeared to manage from the box, but later backtracked
Tottenham director Mauricio Pochettino was frustrated and surprised because his team were denied what he believed was a punishment since they went down to a 1-0 defeat against Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday.
Town right-back Kyle Walker seemed to deal with the ball in the box at a tussle with Dele Alli at the next half of this match, with Spurs supporting to Phil Foden’s first-half purpose, his first from the Premier League.
Immediately following the match Pochettino reacted aggressively to referee Michael Oliver’s decision to not award the spot .
“I believed it was a punishment but we did not get it. In that activity it isn’t that confusing. Michael Oliver was standing behind viewing,” Pochettino informed beIN SPORTS.
“Whether it isn’t clear, it isn’t apparent, but this activity is more than apparent. The two players battling for the ball in the box and Michael Oliver was in a wonderful place to find out what was moving on there.
“For me personally and not to Manchester City but also for me personally and for the remainder of humankind, I think that it was a punishment.”
In his press conference that a bit afterwards, Pochettino, that has received a two-game touchline ban for facing a swimmer this year, was more circumspect.
“I have nothing to say [about the decision]. It is always about the interpretation of the referee. For sure if I saw the game from the referee’s perspective I might get a clearer idea of what occurred.
“Nothing to say and nothing to whine. That is football. At times it’s for you and at times it’s contrary to you.
“We hope from the referees and their decisions far better compared to any system.
“Consistently I will shield and back the conclusion of the referee.”
The three games that the two clubs have played in the Champions League quarter-final and Premier League lately have every seen their share of contentious decisions.
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Both legs of this quarter-final tie involving the clubs comprised VAR choices, together with Tottenham conceding a penalty from the first leg, missed by Sergio Aguero.
Fernando Llorente’s aim in the next leg, which finally won the tie for Spurs, was granted following a protracted delay, even while Raheem Sterling’s stoppage-time score which could seen City progress was ruled from the movie helper for an offside by Aguero from the build-up.
The Premier League does not have VAR, even though it’s going to be implemented following season.