Pochettino reflects on 'bad feelings' during dramatic win

By Sports Desk April 18, 2019

Mauricio Pochettino reflected on the "bad feelings and bad ideas" he endured when he thought Tottenham had been pipped by Manchester City in the Champions League.

Raheem Sterling appeared to have completed his hat-trick and sent City into the semi-finals at the expense of Spurs with a stoppage-time winner at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.

However, the VAR ruled out the strike as Sergio Aguero was offside in the lead up, and Tottenham held on, losing 4-3 but progressing on away goals after a 4-4 aggregate draw.

Pochettino said he quickly encountered numerous emotions, thinking Spurs had thrown away the quarter-final.

"It was a moment where I threw my jacket, threw my jumper and I went to sit next to Jesus [Perez] and Miguel [D'Agostino] and Toni [Jimenez]," he told UK newspapers.

"It was a few seconds like this [puts head in hands]. It was so fast. There were a lot of bad feelings and bad ideas."

Christian Eriksen's wayward pass – deflected by a City player – led to Sterling's strike and Pochettino said he instantly questioned his Danish star's decision.

"When Christian played back I was thinking, 'Why not play forward?' I was reviewing the action, the decision, how I was going to face the players, the fans," he said.

"All these things happened so quickly in my mind. It's amazing. When you are so down and then something you do not expect happens.

"It's amazing how quick things happen in your mind, different emotions and ideas."

Related items

  • Argentina has strongest possible squad - Scaloni Argentina has strongest possible squad - Scaloni

    Lionel Scaloni admits it was difficult to leave players out of Argentina's 2019 Copa America squad but is confident he has chosen the country's 23 best players.

    Paulo Dybala has made the cut despite a disappointing season with Juventus, while Manchester City's Sergio Aguero has been called up for the first time since last year's dreadful World Cup campaign.

    However, there is no room for Inter striker Mauro Icardi after a controversial season with the Serie A club, which saw him left out of the team and stripped of the captaincy.

    While conceding he had doubts during the selection process, Scaloni is now content he has a squad capable of winning the tournament for the first time since 1993.

    "We believe that these are the best players we have at this moment," he told a media conference. "Some were left out due to injury, but they were always in consideration.

    "When you have so many players of a good level to choose from, there are always doubts. It is difficult to explain everything, but the final decision is always about what is best for the team.

    "We suffer when we have to leave a player out. It's our job, but it's not easy for us.

    "We want people to identify with all these guys. We are convinced that they are the best for the moment. We are clear about what we want and we know what our idea is."

    Argentina will play Colombia, Paraguay and Qatar in the group stage and Scaloni is expecting tough tests against all three.

    "Colombia is one of the most powerful teams in South America; they have great players," he added.

    "Paraguay is a very competitive team and Qatar won the Asian Cup by playing very well. It is going to be a complicated group."

  • Kompany set for Manchester City testimonial at Etihad Stadium Kompany set for Manchester City testimonial at Etihad Stadium

    Vincent Kompany will feature for Manchester City one last time in a testimonial match to be played in September.

    Kompany confirmed on Sunday that he will leave the club after 11 years in order to take up a player-manager role at former side Anderlecht.

    The Belgian's last official game for City came in Saturday's 6-0 FA Cup final demolition of Watford, which completed an unprecedented domestic treble.

    He said farewell to supporters during City's parade for FA Cup, Premier League and EFL Cup trophies on Monday, while coach Pep Guardiola insisted he would return to the club again one day.

    Kompany will be back perhaps sooner than expected, as the club confirmed he will lead a 'City Legends' side against a Premier League 'All-Stars' team on September 11 at the Etihad Stadium.

    The fixture will raise money for homeless charity Tackle4MCR, a foundation the defender helped set up along with Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham.

    "City favourites from the recent past and present will play alongside the captain again, with some familiar Premier League stars of the past decade in direct opposition," the club said.

  • Dybala, Aguero in Argentina's Copa America squad as Icardi is left out Dybala, Aguero in Argentina's Copa America squad as Icardi is left out

    Paulo Dybala and Sergio Aguero have been included in Argentina's squad for the 2019 Copa America, but Mauro Icardi misses out after a difficult few months at Inter.

    Icardi has failed to impress this year at club level, with a combination of contractual issues and injuries seeing him left out of the team and stripped of the captaincy.

    He scored for only the second time in 2019 during Inter's 4-1 defeat to Napoli on Sunday, but both of those goals have come from the penalty spot and he did little to catch the eye in general.

    Manchester City star Aguero is in the squad, however, returning to the selection for the first time since Argentina's disappointing World Cup campaign, when he scored two goals in four games.

    Aguero has enjoyed another strong season at club level and will be confident of transferring that form to the Copa, where he will be joined with City team-mate Nicolas Otamendi.

    Dybala also makes the cut despite an underwhelming campaign with Juventus, in which he seemed to suffer from the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Lionel Messi is expected to captain the team as one of the senior stars, while Matias Suarez – also 31 years of age – is a surprise inclusion among the strikers, with the River Plate man having won his only two senior caps this year.

    There is also a shock in defence, with Milton Casco chosen ahead of Gabriel Mercado, a mainstay over the past few years.

    Manchester United pair Sergio Romero and Marcos Rojo also miss out.

    Argentina will play Colombia, Paraguay and Qatar in the group stage of the tournament in Brazil.

     

    Argentina squad in full:

    Franco Armani (River Plate), Agustin Marchesin (Club America), Esteban Andrada (Boca Juniors); Juan Foyth (Tottenham), Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax), Renzo Saravia (Racing Club), German Pezzella (Fiorentina), Ramiro Funes Mori (Villarreal), Milton Casco (River Plate), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City); Roberto Pereyra (Watford), Leandro Paredes (Paris Saint-Germain), Marcos Acuna (Sporting CP), Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain), Guido Rodriguez (Club America), Rodrigo De Paul (Udinese), Exequiel Palacio (River Plate), Giovani Lo Celso (Real Betis); Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Matias Suarez (River Plate), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Lautaro Martinez (Inter).

© 2018 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.