Mauricio Pochettino has claimed that refereeing decisions went against his Spurs side as Arsenal claimed all three points today.
The Gunners would have had reservations about the fixture upon announcement of Mike Dean officiating the North London Derby, having seen Dean appearing to celebrate a Tottenham goal against our side previously, and decisions have gone against us in a number of big games in recent years.
Dean did his job perfectly well in my opinion however, refusing to give Harry Kane a penalty which a biased referee cold easily have given, as well as being rather fair with his other decisions also.
Manager Pochettino has claimed that the decisions did not go his way, which has come as music to my laughing ears.
The Argentine claimed that Granit Xhaka shouldn’t have been left on the pitch, due to two supposed yellow card decisions.
Poch said: “I think Xhaka was a second yellow, the first I don’t know why because he stopped Sissoko break.
“Sometimes I am disappointed and frustrated.
“I’m disappointed because it changed a lot.
“When you play this level a small detail can affect the game.”
The Spurs boss then went onto complain about our opening goal, claiming it was offside, while also insisting that the initial free kick which led to the goal shouldn’t have even been given.
“I do not need to say anything. It was obvious for everyone here and watching at home. It is not easy to accept because we lost the game but we have to move on and keep going.
“The free-kick for the first goal and the first goal was obvious offside, maybe the second was too. When you play against a team in the top six, the big details are up to you. Sometimes things go against you but that is football.”
Sounds to me like he is simply bitter, and the fact he is complaining about playing 11 against 11 shows you just how much belief he had in his side to win the game.
Does Poch have any right to complain? Is claiming his side should have been gifted a man advantage jokeable?