Tottenham boss gives view on bust-up between Bentaleb and Fazio

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Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has said he is unconcerned about his players showing their emotions on the pitch.

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino was happy to see his players arguing with each other on the pitch at Southampton.

Defender Federico Fazio and Nabil Bentaleb  made their feelings known to each other after the Saints scored their second goal in the 2-2 draw.

Pochettino told The Mirror it did not upset him: "This is football. I need to fight with my teammate if something wrong happens. But after it happens, in the changing room, have a big hug and stop, because after it has finished.

"This shows that you care about your teammates, action, you want to win, you want to fight. Sometimes in my career I did that, yes. Always I was happy when my teammate shouted at me or pushed me."

Tottenham's will to get a result shone through in the clash at St Mary's, far more so than in the tepid 0-0 draw away to Burnley at the start of this month, even if they were unable to do so.

With Pochettino himself in the spotlight on his return to his old club, his players put in a performance to be proud of, as if they were defending his honour, and determined not to see him walk away from the stadium with a loss.

Spurs were accused by SkySports pundit Gary Neville of being 'weak' mentally earlier in the season, as reported by the BBC, an accusation Pochettino firmly disputed at the time.

Tottenham managed only two shots on target during the 2-2 draw, scoring with both of them, while Southampton netted two of their four efforts on target.

Fazio was also seen bickering with fellow centre-back Jan Vertonghen during the draw, with the Argentine clearly frustrated.

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