Tottenham Hotspur Mauricio Pochettino has added fuel to the fire in the rivalry between his club and Chelsea by calling midfielder Cesc Fabregas unprofessional.
The London rivals played out a heated 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge last Monday night that handed the Premier League title to Leicester City.
Spurs were fighting for their lives and had nine players booked in an ill-tempered affair, while a number of brawls, including one including Fabregas at the final whistle, marred the clash.
Fabregas was outspoken in the build-up to the game, claiming that the Blues were desperate to beat Tottenham to end their chances of becoming English champions.
Given that the midfielder has longstanding affiliations to Arsenal also, he became a target for the visiting side in the encounter in West London.
Pochettino has lathed onto the Spaniard’s comments and accused the former Barcelona playmaker of inciting the aggression between the teams by being unprofessional.
“Maybe in the last few weeks or months, we know football people maybe don’t behave like professionals, we need to be careful,” The Mirror quote Pochettino as saying.
“Sometimes my press conferences are boring because I’m very polite or political. No, I am professional. That’s a big difference. I don’t want to be popular. I want to be professional. That’s the most important thing.
“It’s easy to say big things against our enemy because: ‘oh, the people love me, I’m very strong, so I’ll say things like this.’ Come on. We are professional.
“When you are professional, not give your opinion, your personal opinion, if I support Tottenham, play against some team which fights for the title or to survive then I can’t give my opinion like a supporter. I need to give my opinion like a professional.
“It’s always dangerous when something happens like that. Maybe in the next few meetings of the Premier League, the managers and also the staff, we need to say that in future we must be careful with all these comments in public.”
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