Dele Alli could have been sent off in Tottenham’s 1-1 draw with Fiorentina, as he seemingly aimed a kick at Nenad Tomovic.
While getting needlessly dismissed is never a good thing, Alli’s aggression is a positive that should not be knocked out of him.
Mauricio Pochettino certainly seems to think that way and had this to say about Alli’s indiscretion.
“He’s still very young and needs to learn a lot, he came from League One.
“He’s a little bit naughty. But it’s good. I like it. I was like that. I was naughty like him.
“I was sent off a lot in my career. At Espanyol, in 10 years or 11 years, 13 or 14 red cards. It was a record.”
Pochettino might come across as a mild-manered figure these days but it was indeed a different story when he was a player. This video of Pochettino’s best moments for Espanyol demonstrates just how ‘naughty’ Pochettino could be and why he’d be somewhat hypocritical to come down too hard on Alli.