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Tottenham boss Pochettino keeps the peace as Eric Dier joy turns sour

Heated exchange: Dier squares up to Shokodran Mustafi PICTURE: GETTY

MAURICIO POCHETTINO was forced to play the role of peacemaker after Eric Dier’s goal celebration following his equaliser led to a mass brawl, with the Spurs boss sprinting up the touchline to remedy matters.

‘Football is about the energy and the emotion and how it changed the emotion in that moment when we scored,’ the Argentinian said. ‘It was try to put calm in our players, at 1-1 it was a massive fight there, I didn’t know what was going on in that moment.

‘At the moment I arrived it was all calm and relaxed. I don’t know what happened, my intention was always to put calm.’

Pochettino knew it was tough for his side to recover from a gruelling week after they went 3-2 down in the second half.

‘Until they scored the third goal I think the game was even. After that we started to pay,’ he admitted.

‘It was difficult for the team to show the energy that we normally show. That was tough. It was mental and physically too but it was a big hit.’