Mauricio Pochettino had words with Fabian Delph (Getty Images)Mauricio Pochettino told Fabian Delph he was lucky to escape a red card after Manchester City were beaten by Tottenham in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Spurs were dealt a major blow in the second half after Harry Kane came off worse in a robust challenge with Delph and was unable to continue.
Kane had attempted to block Delph’s pass but he rolled his left ankle moments before the City left-back followed through and placed his foot on the striker’s ankle.
According to Pochettino, Kane could now miss the remainder of Spurs’ season after injuring the same ankle which kept him out of seven games at the start of 2019.
Pochettino confronted Delph for his angry reaction towards Kane immediately after the challenge, and the Spurs manager also spoke with the player after the full-time whistle.
But the Argentine insists the conversation was ‘friendly’.
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‘The first question, for me Manchester City are still the favourites and I was talking with Delph about the situation,’ said Pochettino.
‘He was upset and aggressive with Harry after the action and I tried to make him understand that it wasn’t intention from Harry or him to damage each other, it was just a tough action, Harry twisted his ankle, he touched the ball and then he stepped on his ankle.
‘I said to him ‘you are lucky because it was checking on the VAR and technically it was maybe a red card’.
Pochettino admits Delph was lucky to not be sent off (Getty Images)‘But I think both were fighting for a ball and had no intention to damage each other.
‘The conversation was very friendly.
‘Nothing more no problem between us.’
Heung-min Son’s goal 12 minutes from time was enough for Spurs to secure a 1-0 win over City.
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