Tottenham no longer a nice team to play, says Pochettino

Tottenham WHL

Mauricio Pochettino says he's happy with the passion shown by his players this season, despite admitting they may have crossed a line in the 2-2 draw with Chelsea.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says his side's bruising 2-2 draw with Chelsea on Monday proves they can no longer be seen as "nice" team to play against.

Both Chelsea and Spurs have been charged by the FA for failing to control their players during what has now been dubbed the "Battle of the Bridge", which saw Guus Hiddink's men come back from two goals down to end their opponents' slim title chances.

Players and members of staff from both sides clashed several times during an ill-tempered affair in West London, with Mousa Dembele expected to face a lengthy ban for an apparent eye gouge on Chelsea striker Diego Costa.

The Belgian could potentially join star midfielder Dele Alli on the sidelines, who was suspended for the rest of the season after lashing out at West Bromwich Albion's Claudio Yacob at White Hart Line a week earlier.

But while admitting his team may have crossed a line during a frustrating night at Stamford Bridge, Pochettino insists he is pleased with the passion shown by his players, adding that the disappointment of losing out on the title this time around will help provide the motivation to mount a challenge next year.

As reported by the Mirror, he told reporters: "This is good improvement. I hear in the last few years that in the past Tottenham were soft, but now we start to show character.

"We cross the line maybe yes, I’m not stupid but it’s important to manage better our energy for the next season and be sure we learn a lot.

“This season we showed we showed that we are not a nice team to play. Not anymore. Our opponents don’t like to play against us. Because we showed passion. Maybe too much passion."

"But we need to take it in a positive way. This season we created a very good feeling and energy between our supporters and staff and layers. We need to keep this and we need to manage it in a better way and try to win the title."

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch