Wednesday 25 April 2018

WATCH: Mauricio Pochettino comically suggests one of his players is trying to get him sacked

Serge Aurier set for a week of throw-in practice after his embarrassing mistakes at Selhurst Park. Photo: Getty Images
Serge Aurier set for a week of throw-in practice after his embarrassing mistakes at Selhurst Park. Photo: Getty Images
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has vowed to 'practice throw-ins every day' this week after some wayward deliveries from the sideline in Sunday's 1-0 win against Crystal Palace.

Full-back Serge Aurier committed three foul throws in the game at Selhurst Park, with Pochettino offering up a comical view of the incidents after Harry Kane snatched a late winner for Spurs.

"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," said a smiling Pochettino.

"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.

"I said to him: 'Come on, you are going to get me sacked!' It looks like we are so bad and we don't practice the throw-ins."

Pochettino also defended 'easy target' Dele Alli from the latest accusations of diving after further criticism followed his appeals for a penalty against Palace.

Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer were among those who accused Alli of diving on Twitter, but Pochettino was quick stand by his young star.

"He is an easy target for everyone, Dele," added Pochettino. "He is an easy target and is surrounded. I think we need to stop to think too much about him, or to help people create this reputation.

"It is his game, he plays like this he is so competitive but I think because he has this focus [from fans/media] sometimes other players are worse than him and nothing happens because Dele is an easy target.

"Dele is a special kid. He is going to play, he is going to show his quality and he is not worried about what the people say."

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