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Pochettino Says Over-analysis ‘Killing’ Football

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino IKIMAGES/AFP/File / Ian KINGTON

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino fears over-analysis of decisions in English football could kill the sport.

Spurs played out a 2-2 draw at Liverpool on Sunday in a match marred by contentious penalty decisions by referee Jon Moss.

The North London side were awarded two spot kicks which have been the source of fierce debate in the past two days.

Pochettino felt all three calls were correct, but Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp was left fuming as his side were pegged back in stoppage time when Harry Kane converted the second controversially awarded penalty.

“Football is a creative sport, in which you need the talent, that grows in a very intelligent person, a very smart brain,” he said.

“And 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.

“If we are not pushing that sport into a very rigid structured (one) – with the VAR, with being focused too much on the small actions like this.”

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