By Alex Taylor
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has criticised the referee following his side’s latest defeat in their pre-season campaign.
The north London club ran-out 1-0 losers to Atletico Madrid on Friday afternoon as the Whites are yet to avoid defeat in the build up to the 2016-17 Premier League season.
The tour has seen the likes of Cameron Carter-Vickers, Joshua Onomah and Harry Winks all given starts as the club seeks to bed in its young players, but despite the relaxed nature of the game, Pochettino still mentioned the match official.
“I feel very proud of my players, Pochettino told ESPN. “I thought we were better than Atletico. The only difference was the mistake of the referee. It was a clear offside. It was a mistake but no problem.”
Pochettino was talking about the only goal of the match, scored by Godin at the back post, from what looked like an offside position. However, Gabi’s free kick appeared to come off the head of Tottenham centre-back Anton Walkes.
The Argentine manager has mixed young players, new additions and current stars together for the first time, but is yet to win a game in the build up to the 2016-17 Premier League season, losing 2-1 to Juventus before their loss to Atletico.
New singing Vincent Janssen has shown some promise in the early games and his influence could prove crucial to Tottenham’s success next season.