Mauricio Pochettino comments on Tottenham Hotspur's Serge Aurier

(THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Mauricio Roberto Pochettino of  Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on October 27,...

Serge Aurier gave away a penalty as Tottenham Hotspur fell to defeat at Anfield yesterday.

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur during the Tottenham Hotspur training session at Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre on October 25, 2019 in Enfield, England.

Mauricio Pochettino has admitted to Football London that Serge Aurier was not happy and felt responsible in the dressing room, following Tottenham Hotspur's defeat against Liverpool at Anfield.

Tottenham had fought hard to keep the score at 1-1 against Liverpool yesterday, as the game headed into it’s final stages.

But Aurier then showed a lack of awareness, as he kicked the back of Sadio Mane’s leg when trying to clear the ball, and gave away a penalty.

It is far from the first time that Aurier has made an error in a Tottenham shirt, with the Ivorian’s concentration levels often falling short of the level required.

It seems that Aurier has taken the defeat to Liverpool particularly hard, as he blames himself for the loss. 

 

However, Pochettino has defended the £23 million full-back (London Evening Standard), and insisted that Tottenham’s defeat to Liverpool wasn’t due to his mistake.

“I think I am happy with him,” Pochettino said. “Of course today he's not happy and nobody would be happy, it's normal when you give away a penalty. Of course I understand that as well as anyone. You feel like you're guilty but it's not like this.

“Of course nothing to say about him or the squad. I am behind our squad, supporting them. We have 29 players, they will all have the opportunity to play and nothing to say. After five years and a half at Tottenham it is a time to all be together and show our support.”

Liverpool are awarded a penalty after this challenge from Tottenham Hotspur's Serge Aurier on Liverpool's Sadio Mane during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Tottenham...

Aurier seems to have been backed as Tottenham’s first choice right-back in recent weeks, with Spurs having a lack of other options in the position.

The former PSG man has failed to prove that he can be relied on though, and his place must be under threat with Juan Foyth now fit after returning from injury.

Tottenham’s next match comes against Everton on Sunday, when it will be intriguing to see whether Aurier retains his place.

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