TOTTENHAM boss Mauricio Pochettino did not feel the need to talk to Eric Dier after his goal celebration sparked a mass brawl in Sunday’s feisty north London derby.
Dier was booked for his actions, and both clubs have been charged with failing to control their players in the melee that followed, with Arsenal going on to win the game 4-2.
‘To be honest, I didn’t talk with him,’ Pochettino said. ‘Because when you do something and then it’s so evident what happened after, you can take it in one or two directions. If you’re manager of Tottenham or Arsenal, or the Arsenal players doing the warm-up, you’re going to back your players.
‘There’s no sense now to talk too much, now it’s just to accept the FA charge or not. It’s under investigation. If we did something wrong, it’s normal to pay.’
Spurs can bounce back when they host Pochettino’s old club Southampton — set to appoint Ralph Hasenhuttl as manager after sacking Mark Hughes — at Wembley tonight.
The Saints will be led by Kelvin Davies, Pochettino’s captain at St Mary’s in 2013, who the Spurs boss called ‘a great character’.