“But I must says the English players have learned very quickly and they might even be the masters now”
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger
“On that front, as much as I can be harsh with the referee, I’m quite tolerant with the referees because when you watch a game live it’s very difficult at 100 per cent to distinguish whether it’s a dive or not.”
Wenger added: “I’m convinced he (Pochettino) wanted to say that tricking your opponent is to say that you have to be clever. How far was it an apology for diving? I’m not sure at all.”
The Spurs boss was certainly not making excuses for his stance after being informed of Wenger’s words.
Referencing Michael Owen earning a penalty for England when he went down in the box against Argentina in the 2002 World Cup, Pochettino said: “I didn’t touch Owen, but he dived.
“My vision in that moment changed. I love football. Football for me means being creative, don’t feel the limits. Try to not cheat, but trick the opponent in a good way. I’m not going to change my opinion.
“It’s not (right) to talk generally or focus on one country or nationality. I love the diversity – you can find it (diving) in England, Spain or Argentina.”