Mauricio Pochettino apologises to Mike Dean as he accepts FA charge

Pochettino unrepentant in accepting misconduct charge

Pochettino unrepentant in accepting misconduct charge

Spurs were handed a shock defeat by Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday as they blew a golden chance to close the gap at the top of the Premier League table with Liverpool to just three points. I can not behave in that way and of course, I apologise.

Addressing a news conference before Wednesday's Premier League game against Chelsea, Pochettino added: "Watching my behaviour afterwards on video, I need to accept the charge from the FA".

Pochettino, who has been in charge since 2014, said: "My worry is what happened - and to change that is not only five years work, maybe it is 10 years work to change that thing that happened".

"It's not important, I don't take it personally".

Match official Dean has been redirected from fourth official duties in Tottenham's game at Chelsea to avoid any potential for further conflict with Pochettino. "I feel sorry for that [Dean being switched] because I wanted to see him and apologise in person", Pochettino said. When your heart rate is so high you need to be careful how you take words. "In my mind I still believe I'm right but in the way that I behaved, it's not right".

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Chelsea kept their hopes of a top four finish alive and eased the pressure on their under-fire manager Maurizio Sarri with a 2-0 win over London rivals Spurs tonight at Stamford Bridge.

"For me, he's one of the best referees".

Dier also played a crucial role in the game as he assisted Alli for Tottenham's second with a pinpoint long-range pass.

"You're still seeing the same problems where they're playing good football and they turn up".

"He's doing well but we can not say if he's going to be available for the weekend or for the next week against Borussia Dortmund [on Tuesday] or Southampton [on Saturday]", Pochettino said."It's sure it's impossible against Chelsea and then we'll see".

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