'You are going to get me sacked' - Pochettino shares explosive chat with Tottenham player
By Richard Parks
Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that he told Serge Aurier he was going to get him “sacked” as manager after his hat-trick of throw-in blunders during Tottenham’s win against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Pochettino admitted he was embarrassed that the defender was guilty of three foul throws – a new Premier League record for one match – as Spurs continued their fine form with a 1-0 triumph at Selhurst Park.
Asked if he said anything to Aurier, 25, in the immediate aftermath of a match in which the player also miss an open goal from yards out with the score at 0-0, Pochettino said, as quoted by Football London: “Of course, yes. I said ‘come on, you are going to get me sacked!’ It looks like we are so bad and we don’t practice the throw-ins.
“We are going to practice every day. I promise that to the fans too. Every day this week. I’m sure they are very disappointed. The first one he tried to get the ball into play quickly and then maybe made a mistake.
“You know it was probably a little bit too much pressure from the referee, similar to Dele. When Dele does something he gets the focus, it was the same with Serge with the ball. But I promise everyone that we are going to practice every day.”
Football Insider verdict:
Little wonder Pochettino ripped int Aurier after his horror show. An open goal blunder is at least forgivable, but failing to take correct throw-ins is embarrassing and reflects badly not only on the right-back but also on the club and the coaching staff. It is unbecoming at Under-10s Sunday league level, never mind in elite football where the players have access to highly remunerated coaches. Pochettino must make sure it never happens again.
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