Dimitar Berbatov: Strikers should keep their fall outs private

Liverpool's Sadio Mane
Liverpool's Sadio Mane clashed with Mo Salah

Betfair Ambassador Dimitar Berbatov shares his views on Sadio Mane's anger at Mo Salah and backs Christian Eriksen to help Spurs succeed this season...

"It happened to me many, many times, although I’m not saying which of my teammates failed to pass when I was in a goalscoring position. All strikers are selfish, they’re judged on their goals so it’s natural."

There's been a lot of talk this week about a rift between Sadio Mane and Mo Salah after the Senegalese player was furious with the Egyptian not passing to him during Liverpool's win at Burnley. Take it from me, this happens all the time. The only difference is that usually these disagreements are kept private.

Human relationships are difficult and footballers are no exception. Even in the best teams, when you're winning and all should be well, you get these clashes. That's especially true of strikers. All strikers want the ball and, when you're in a good position and your teammate doesn't pass to you, it can make you mad.

Strikers are selfish so falling out is normal

Believe me, this stuff is normal. It happened to me many, many times, although I'm not saying which of my teammates failed to pass when I was in a goalscoring position. All strikers are selfish, they're judged on their goals so it's natural.

But the team comes first. If you're on the ball and you look up and see your partner in a better position, you have to pass. I always think these disagreements should be sorted out in private.

On the pitch, when it happens, the immediate reaction is: "Oh fucking hell, why didn't you pass to me?" Later, you go to them in the dressing room and say: "Listen mate, I was in a good position. Give me the ball next time."

I got angry about that all the time but I never went public with it. Keep it within the team.

Eriksen and Moura must focus on Spurs now


Mauricio Pochettino will be relieved that the transfer window is closed across Europe. Now the Tottenham manager knows which players he has to work with.

Without having insider knowledge, it's difficult to know what happened with Christian Eriksen this summer. If a team wanted him and Spurs stopped him from leaving then it's possible the player will harbour regrets which could mean he's still distracted. But if nobody came in for Eriksen then he should be fine and can now concentrate on playing for Spurs.

I expect Eriksen to get his head down and perform for Spurs now. His goal in the north London derby last weekend showed that's what he plans to do.

The press are reporting that Spurs turned down a late bid for Lucas Moura from Barcelona. That's a surprised to me and a compliment to Moura who's emerged as another strong attacking option for Spurs in the past six months.

I can't see where he would have fit into a Barcelona front line that already has Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann. Moura is a better off staying at Spurs and helping them challenge on all fronts this season.

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