Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has been forced to defend Dele Alli for his dive today and has slammed football fans and media for ‘hypocrisy’.
The Argentine had to answer questions after the English midfielder was booked for diving against Liverpool at the weekend.
The midfielder did look to have dived but his boss has tried to stick with him after receiving criticism.
Though, it wasn’t just that he was talking about, he was also discussing the ‘hypocrisy’ in football, not just in England.
Safe to say, he wasn’t exactly impressed with some peoples reactions to the Dele dive.
‘The problem – and not only here in England – is the hypocrisy,’ said Pochettino.
‘Because at times, we understand football [only] in the way we want. Sometimes we are positive or negative according to whether it benefits us or not.
‘Our responsibility as managers or people who are in football is to try to respect the essence of the game. I heard Valdano say on television in Spain, “I loved the football of the 1990s”. I agree with him.
‘The game in that era made an impact on those of us who love real football. Of course, we can improve things, but that is the sort of football we need to keep because otherwise, we will end up watching a different sport.’
Dele Alli is such a good player, he can hurt defences without resorting to cheating. But yet another dive. Robertson and Lovren rightly chastising Alli, who is deservedly booked by Jon Moss. #LIVTOT
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) February 4, 2018