Friday March 9 2018
‘Juve board pressured Spurs ref’

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino claims the Juventus hierarchy “put pressure” on referee Szymon Marciniak during Wednesday’s match.

Juve came back in their Champions League last-16 tie with Spurs, winning 2-1 at Wembley to reach the quarter-finals, but Pochettino complained of how Bianconeri supremos Andrea Agnelli and Beppe Marotta turned the second leg into “two games”.

“Before the game was Agnelli, after the game was Agnelli, Marotta. I saw at half-time how they put pressure on the referee,” he was quoted as saying by The Telegraph.

“It's about small details that count a lot in this type of game, even games that both teams can win. I believe those details can help the club to achieve what we want.

“It's small details. Competitions demand different things. Juve are specialists, because they have habit to win, the habit to put pressure referee.

“It's a massive lesson for us to care not only on the pitch, but off the pitch. When you're going to win, you need help from everyone.

“The owner stayed in the corridor, in the tunnel before and during the game. It's a club with a culture to try to do everything to help the team.

“It's a massive opportunity to learn not only on the pitch but outside. It's two games against this type of club - one on the pitch, one is outside of the pitch.

“I think it's a massive situation that you must learn from. If we only see the stats from the two games, Tottenham was the much better team.

“Then in football it's not only about a better performance, stats, shots more on targets, or have more possession.”

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