Mauricio Pochettino: Over-analysing decisions will kill football

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Mauricio Pochettino
Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino has warned that intense scrutiny of decisions in football could eventually "kill" the sport.

The Tottenham manager saw his side draw 2-2 at Liverpool on Sunday in a match riddled with contentious calls from referee Jon Moss. Spurs were awarded two penalties which have been the source of fierce debate in the past two days, and Dele Alli was also booked for diving.

Tottenham's performance and fightback at Anfield has subsequently been largely overlooked as the decisions of the officials are analysed with a fine-tooth comb, and Pochettino believes paying so much attention to such issues takes away from the essence of the game. "Now we are so focused on minimal details. I don't know. I am worried that in a few years, if the sport that we love now [will still be] a passionate sport that the people love to watch around the world," he said.

"When you do some tactics it is to try to trick the opponent. You say, 'Oh I play on the right but I'm going to finish on the left'. It's a mix that I am worried that maybe we are going to kill the game. We love this game."

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