Pochettino unrepentant in accepting misconduct charge

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Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has apologised to referee Mike Dean and accepted the FA's charge of improper conduct.

"I will accept the FA charge and, at the same time, I need to apologise to Mike Dean".

"I think all your quality English players like your [Harry] Winks and your Kanes and your Allis who have their sights set on winning Premier League titles, I personally would think 'he thinks we're [that far away]'".

"I can not behave in that way". It's not the way to behave and I'm going to accept the charge. My behaviour was public and I want to apologise publicly.

"I think in private is not important because my behaviour was public and I need to apologise to him and all the officials in public too".

Pochettino, who has been in charge since 2014, said: "My worry is what happened - and to change that is not only five years work, maybe it is 10 years work to change that thing that happened. All that happened on the pitch, I'll never translate off it".

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"But I think it's going to help me and I hope I don't repeat this type of situation".

There have been some frustrating results, and then we saw the Sarri vs. Kepa battle on Sunday where the goalkeeper refused to come out of the game. It's not going to help my team, my club, the job of the referees and of course myself [to be like this].

"It's only that when you start to talk, you become a little bit more... your heart rate starts to push".

Chelsea take on Spurs this Wednesday in the Premier League and before the game there has been a reshuffle of officials.

Pochettino appeared to repeat "what did you say?" - and angrily confronted Dean and his officials, while Perez could be seen pointing his finger towards Dean's face and appearing to shout "you can't say that!" I was sure my relationship with my players is really very good and in the last month better.

"He's doing well but we can not say if he's going to be available for the weekend or for the next week against Borussia Dortmund [on Tuesday] or Southampton [on Saturday]", Pochettino said."It's sure it's impossible against Chelsea and then we'll see".