Mauricio Pochettio was embarrassed after thumping turf against Stoke

By London correspondent Tony Hughes

Mauricio Pochettino revealed he was “ashamed” and “embarrassed” after live TV footage showed him punching the turf in frustration after Dele Alli missed an open goal during Tottenham’s 4-0 win over Stoke.

Spurs demolished Mark Hughes’ team at the Britannia Stadium on Monday night with a masterclass that kept their Premier League title hopes alive.

Two goals apiece from Harry Kane and Dele Alli secured the three points for Pochettino’s team and narrowed the gap on Leicester at the top to five points.

One of the enduring images of the match was the manager’s frustration after Alli missed an open goal midway through the second half when Spurs were 2-0 up and ripping Stoke apart with some outstanding play.
The normally calm Pochettino reacted by slumping to the ground in the dugout and punching the turf in frustration.
Kane and Alli subsequently scored another goal each to seal the victory for the away side and ensure they took advantage of Leicester’s slip on Sunday, when Claudio Ranieri’s team drew 2-2 against West Ham at home.
“I felt a little bit ashamed,” Pochettino told Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football programme as he reflected on his show of frustration. “I went back to the dugout and said ‘I think I fell down, no?’ My assistant said yes and I feel very bad now.

“During the game sometimes you are very excited and you create the chance and not score and not kill the game. You are very focused on the match and you want to win and this sometimes happens.

“Sorry for all, and I feel a little bit embarrassed.”

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