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3 “Why disrespect the players that are on the pitch? You can blame me and say ‘gaffer, you were so so rubbish in your selection of the starting XI.“But please don’t disrespect the players who were playing, because it’s my decision. Of course, Kieran Trippier, Toby Alderweireld, we have 25 players. And you believe that and sometimes you behave like you ask me with your question, that you can play only 11 and the other 13 or 14 players are rubbish, are s**t.“It’s so easy, it’s so easy I don’t know. Sorry, but I am so disappointed because I am a person that respects you a lot and the players. When my decision is to play with 11, you must respect my decision because I am the manager. You cannot disrespect. Liverpool set for Champions League boost as Takumi Minamino will be available “You show too much disrespect for the players who play in the position as the players you have given me the names of now. I don’t understand.“Sorry. You are so kind people, but I don’t understand why. Why? Please.“To be a player is so difficult, and of course for me it is easier on the touchline. I don’t run. It is so painful to hear when some people are not here, and you judge in that way and you kill players who give their best. It’s so unfair.” Atletico handed huge boost for Liverpool tie with Diego Costa returning from injury Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was not a happy man and rightly so after Spurs’ dramatic Champions League defeat to Inter.The club had led 1-0 at the San Siro before Mauro Icardi and Matias Vecino goals sealed a 2-1 turnaround. 3 Serge Aurier played instead of Kieran Trippier Ancelotti tells fans he has Champions League dream for Everton on target Pochettino’s Tottenham have lost three games on the bounce, but he did not take kindly to questions about team selection after the Inter defeat Most popular Champions League news 3 ready? Mauro Icardi’s brilliant goal levelled the score in Milan Aiming high BOOST Afterwards Pochettino was asked if he regretted leaving Kieran Trippier and Toby Alderweireld behind; the duo having remained in London for ‘technical reasons’.“Why? Against Watford and against Liverpool, they were on the pitch,” he said. “Wow, what a question, such an easy question, eh? You know, easy target. Easy to talk about the players that aren’t here like Hugo or Dele Alli or Sissoko.“I think we need to talk about football. Because, you know I think you force me to say something that is not good. You disrespect the players that today showed the best qualities than the opponent.