Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has told the Daily Mail that he had to hide his feelings towards his players over the summer.
Tottenham lost 5-1 to Newcastle United on the final day of last campaign, after they put in what was their worst performance of the entire season.
Pochettino was left furious with the display at St. James’ Park, but he was not able to express his anger towards his players.
A number of Tottenham’s players jetted off to Euro 2016 in France following the defeat at Tyneside, and although Pochettino wished them all good luck he was hiding an underlying feeling of frustration.
“Normally when you lose and you are upset with the players you have the opportunity to tell them how you feel on Monday morning when you meet them and have a big discussion and a big fight,” Pochettino said.
“But after the Newcastle game it was not possible because many of my players went off to the Euros. So I had to keep my bad feeling inside for the whole of the summer. Even when I was texting my players in France to wish them well I had to hide my real feelings about the Newcastle game.”
Tottenham’s defeat to Newcastle saw them lose their grip on second place, and fall behind Arsenal in the final Premier League standings.
Spurs’ third placed finish still exceeded expectations, but it was mixed with a feeling of disappointment, after they had challenged eventual champions Leicester City for so long.
Tottenham have added to their group this summer, with both Vincent Janssen and Victor Wanyama moving to White Hart Lane.
Spurs get their campaign underway with a match against Everton at Goodison Park.