But Pochettino felt some of the blame lies with senior figures from rival teams such as Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, who stoked passions with comments such as “We don’t want Tottenham to win the Premier League – the fans, the club and the players”.
Pochettino retorted: “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. The managers, the league, the players’ association need to say that we must behave professionally. We need to play, be honest and show integrity and be professional always. I can’t give my opinion like a supporter.