Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has apologised for his side’s aggressive tackling in their defeat to Manchester United.
United recorded a 2-1 win over Tottenham in Shanghai, but the low point of the game was when Moussa Sissoko produced a horrible tackle on new signing, Daniel James, and this infuriated our players.
Sissoko appeared to stamp on James yet avoided a red card and was not even booked for the challenge. In the second-half, Eric Bailly was carried off with an apparent knee injury but no contact was involved with a Spurs player.
Pochettino was ‘sorry’ for Bailly’s withdrawal and was unhappy with his own team’s tackling.
“I was a little bit annoyed about some situations,” Pochettino said after the game. “I was not happy.
“It was a friendly game and in some situations of course when you are tired when it’s so hot you are not right with the tempo to arrive at the actions, sometimes you arrive late and something can happen.
“I apologise on behalf of our players to Manchester United, I think in the second-half they made it to us, but then it’s football.
“It wasn’t their intention, but sometimes when you are tired you arrive late and some things can happen and I was worried because in this period of preparation it is sometimes you need to be aggressive and you need to play with passion but sometimes the focus is to build your fitness and develop the way you want to play.
“Of course I was worried. Manchester United, Eric Bailly got injured and I am sorry for that but he was alone and always when the players start to build their fitness and start to fight for their place in the team, when something happens in the pre-season it’s always tough.
“And I was a little bit worried but in the second-half the game was a bit more relaxed.”