Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is not impressed by other Premier League managers' public backing of Leicester City who eventually went on to pip Spurs to the title. The north London club were 2-0 up against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge but failed to hold on to their lead and drew the game 2-2 which allowed the Foxes to win their first title in history.
Many managers, including the likes of Tony Pulis, were vocally in favour of Leicester pulling off an upset despite Tottenham being in the race, whose bid to win the title was also unprecedented before the start of the season. Pochettino believes that the other managers should have behaved more professionally in their conduct and that it had an adverse effect on the mentality of the team.
Spurs are currently second in the league and are on the verge of finishing above arch rivals Arsenal for the first time in over 20 years, but it will be scant reward for the Argentine, who was on the verge of creating history at White Hart Lane. Tottenham will now take on Southampton on Sunday, 8 May with two games left in the season.
"Maybe in the next few meetings of the Premier League, the managers and also the staff, we need to say that in future we must be careful with all these comments in public," the Argentinean said, as quoted by Goal." In football, our responsibility is to be professional. When you are professional, you do not give your personal opinion.
"If I support Tottenham and we play against some team which fights for the title, or to survive, then I can't give my opinion like a supporter. I need to give my opinion like a professional. It's always dangerous when something happens like that. Maybe in the last few weeks or months, we know the football people maybe don't behave like professionals, we need to be careful."