Mauricio Pochettino has dismissed suggestions he advocated diving with comments he made earlier this week.
Following Tottenham’s 2-2 draw – during which Dele Alli was booked for simulation – Pochettino said football is about trying to “trick your opponent.”
On Thursday, he told reporters his words had been twisted.
“I am honest, always. And I gave you what I think, I feel,” said Pochettino. (Quotes via Sky Sports.)
“In 2002 my vision about English football – you [the media] laugh, because you know what I will say – I didn’t touch Michael Owen [at the World Cup] and he dived.
“But today we are so sensitive about details and sometimes it is difficult for me, because when you are honest and you try to explain the things – and my language is not English – it is hard to be right in my words.
“I don’t like it when people twist my words, always my intention is to keep the sense of football. That is why I said a few days ago that I love football, because football for me means to be creative.
“Don’t feel the limits to try to – not cheat – but trick the opponent in a good way. That is how I feel about football. I am not going to change, that is my opinion.”