Monday, 24 September, 2018

Tottenham Hotspur boss Pochettino hits out at managers who ruin football

Pochettino defends diving Over-analysis is killing football Pochettino defends diving Over-analysis is killing football
Kristopher Love | 09 February, 2018, 10:41

Alli, as well as a host of Tottenham's other big names, are expected to be rested for Wednesday's FA Cup fourth-round replay against Newport with the small matter of a north London derby at home to Arsenal coming at the weekend.

I'm not sure referee Jonathan Moss knew what was going on when he allowed Kane to run through on goal from an off-side position, fall over keeper Karius and try to win a penalty.

'Robo I will tell him...' the message reads alongside a photograph of Lovren and Robertson towering over Alli.

And yet, despite the fact that it's clearly the other way around, Mauricio Pochettino believes English football's moral fixation over diving is "killing football".

Your Da and his mates are fuming with Mauricio Pochettino.

On the balance of play, Liverpool probably got lucky to get a draw out of that game as Tottenham were the better side for long periods, but those late decisions from the officials left a nasty taste in the mouth.

Pochettino agrees that the decision was correct, but he feels that such incidents are over-analysed, and has praised Alli's character.

In what will be seen as supporting Alli's constant issue with diving, Pochettino also claimed the England star's problem isn't worth worrying about.

"You need the talent that grows in a very intelligent person, a very smart brain".

"And then we are so focused on Dele Alli".

"It's a mix that I am anxious that maybe we are going to kill the game". To stop the game, to punish people that ...

'Twenty years ago, 30 years ago, it was like "all congratulate the player when he tricks the referee",' Pochettino said. "I think he is improving a lot and learning but still he must learn".

But Pochettino dismissed the flashpoint as a minor issue while he made the point that football was "about trying to trick your opponent" one way or another - whether it be with a step-over, a tactical tweak or, even, a dive. Yes or no? What does "tactic" mean? When you do tactics, it is to try to trick the opponent.

"The problem - and not only here in England - is the hypocrisy", Standard Sport report Pochettino said. "That is the football I was in love with when I was a child".

Although controversy is a part of football and if it were to disappear entirely from football, as it could with VAR, we would have a very boring game, I personally cannot condone cheating to achieve personal or team success.