Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino snaps at reporter who asks if he regrets dropping Toby Alderweireld and Kieran Trippier


ANGRY Mauricio Pochettino bullocked a reporter who asked if he regretted axing Toby Alderweireld and Kieran Trippier after two late goals sank Spurs.

The Tottenham boss had raised eyebrows in the build-up with a bizarre cow analogy.

Mauricio Pochettino reckons Spurs' 2-1 Inter loss was their best game of the season
Mauricio Pochettino reckons Spurs’ 2-1 Inter loss was their best game of the season

And quizzed on dropping the defenders, he snapped back: “Why? Against Watford and against Liverpool, they were on the pitch.

“Wow, what a question, such an easy question eh? You know, easy target. Easy to talk about the players that aren’t here like Hugo Lloris or Dele Alli or Moussa Sissoko.

“We need to talk about football. Because, you know I think you force me to say something that is not good.

“You disrespect the players that today showed the best qualities than the opponent. Why disrespect the players that aren’t on the pitch?


Inter Milan scored two late goals to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat
Inter Milan scored two late goals to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat

“You can blame me and say ‘Gaffer, you were so, so rubbish in your selection of the starting XI’. But please don’t disrespect the players who were playing because it’s my decision.

“Kieran Trippier, Toby Alderweireld, we have 25 players.

“And you believe that. And sometimes you behave like you ask me with your question, that you can play only 11 and the other 13 or 14 players are rubbish, are s**t.

“It’s so easy, it’s so easy I don’t know.

Mauro Icardi's wondergoal kicked-off Inter Milan's comeback
Mauro Icardi’s wondergoal kicked-off Inter Milan’s comeback
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“Sorry, but I am so disappointed because I am a person that respects you a lot and the players.

“When my decision is to play with XI, you must respect my decision because I am the manager.

“You cannot disrespect, you show too much disrespect for the players who play in the position as the players you have given me the names of now.

“I don’t understand. Sorry. You are so kind people but I don’t understand why, why?

“To be a player is so difficult, and of course for me it is easier on the touchline.


Pochettino lost his cool with a reporter

“I don’t run. It is so painful to hear when some people are not here, and you judge in that way and you kill players who give their best. It’s so unfair.”

Christian Eriksen’s deflected shot gave Tottenham the lead in the 53rd minute.

But Mauro Icardi equalised with a volley in the 85th minute before Matias Vecino headed home in the second minute of stoppage time to give Inter an unexpected win.

And that condemned Tottenham to a third successive defeat — for the first time since Pochettino took charge in May 2014.

He added: “It’s so cruel. The team deserved much more. I think that was our best performance since the start of the season.

“It’s a fact we lost but the only way back to winning games is to play in the way that we played.”

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