Mauricio Pochettino says Heung-min Son was NOT guilty for the horrific injury Andre Gomes suffered during Tottenham’s draw with Everton last weekend.
The midfielder needed surgery on a fracture dislocation he sustained following a challenge by Son in last Sunday’s Premier League meeting.
Son was visibly distraught as Gomes lay in agony on the pitch, despite his tackle not actually causing the injury, but Pochettino believes the South Korea forward is now doing much better mentally heading into the weekend.
He said during a press conference: “He was affected like everyone, during the game and after the game. It is difficult to see how a player is suffering a massive injury.
“He was involved, there was a bit of confusion in the action, with the decision to show the red card.
“We then felt responsible when we conceded with ten men.
“But he wasn’t guilty for the injury, and he showed that he is in a good state and mental level.
“Of course he is sorry about Andre, like everyone, but relieved with the message from Andre on social media, which was good and positive.”
Spurs face the in-form Sheffield United on Saturday in the hope of regaining some momentum in their Premier League campaign, and Pochettino addressed the media ahead of the match.
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“We were talking about Andre [Gomes], with Marco Silva, it is trying to help them to be in the best form and then give the opportunity to play and perform.
“The problem in the competition is the high level, you don’t have time to miss people.
“It is like now with [Erik] Lamela, or [Jan] Vertonghen, how you sit in the chair and cry because you miss someone. You miss the person, the professional, but the competition does not allow you to cry. You have to move on quick.
“It is a bit cruel, but you have to move on and try to win the next game.”
On Giovani Lo Celso and the team for tomorrow
“I need to assess tomorrow morning, it is a short time to recover.
“Some players suffer small issues and we have three games in six days. I still need to decide the team for tomorrow.”
On beating Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League
“It was a difficult game; the result 4-0 looks easy, but in different periods, we nearly conceded. They hit the post, an unbelievable save from Paulo [Gazzaniga] that could change the game.
“Always you need luck to score first and then have the capacity to control. I was happy after Everton and after Red Star, but we need to finish winning, but it will be tough.”
On Sheffield United
“It is going to be very difficult. They work so hard. What impressed me the most is the belief, the togetherness, spirit like a rugby team that fights for each other, that is fantastic to see in a football team.
“They have a good squad, great organisation, a great manager and I think to fight for each other, they have good players of course, that is the key for Sheffield United and that’s why they are doing so well, with so many points.”
On Chris Wilder
“It is fantastic. I think everyone has seen how he has working and the fantastic job. The best thing is how I described the team.”
Will he watch Liverpool vs Manchester City
“I love football. I love different sports – tennis, golf – but my priority is football.
“To watch a game like this, of course I will be in front of the TV watching this, because my priority is football.”