MAURICIO POCHETTINO got in a slanging match with officials as Spurs crashed to Roma in a frenetic finish.
Poch was furious with some heavy handed tackles from the Serie A side, who snatched a late victory through Marco Tumminello just when Tottenham looked to have earned a draw.
A bad tempered, anything but friendly clash exploded in the second half when a frustrated Harry Kane clattered into Roma’s Kostas Manolas.
Players from both sides had to be kept apart while Poch launched into a heated argument with the fourth official who appeared to motion to security staff that the White Hart Lane chief should be sent to the stands.
He wasn’t having it though and sat firm – but after seeing his men badly under-perform here, Pochettino may have wished to have been sent somewhere else.
Poch said: “It was a situation that we were talking in Spanish, not in English. But I believe it was a chat that ok, we were talking and started to speak louder.
“But for me then I said to him, ‘I apologise’. Maybe a bit nervous for some situation on the pitch.
“But he wanted me to be sent off, but I said ‘come on that’s no sense because we were talking in Spanish and nobody could understand us’.
“I said ‘Come on, all that happened there stayed on’. It was all good I think. It was not a problem. I apologised to him about my behaviour.”
Harry Winks pulled one back on 86 minutes and when Vincent Janssen steered home in stoppage time, Spurs looked to have bagged a draw out of nowhere.
But the Italians kept going and within seconds , up popped Tumminello at the other end to stun Spurs fans still celebrating the leveller.