Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has explained the recent comments he made about Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola.
The Argentinian coach gave his thoughts earlier this week about the start to life Guardiola has made at City with Spanish news agency EFE.
He was reported to have said: “If you come here and don’t have the humility to know that you must work, you can be disappointed.”
But after guiding his side to a 2-0 victory over Chelsea on Wednesday – from which you can read our Player Ratings – the Argentinian clarified his comments.
“I gave an interview the other day to a Spanish agency, and it’s good to clarify [something],” Pochettino said. “I was talking in general [about] how the people outside England see the Premier League.
“I don’t know why or who twisted my comment that I sent a message to Guardiola that he needs to be humble. I never said that. I said the people outside, sometimes, don’t give the right importance to how tough the Premier League is.
“I want to clarify that because I admire Guardiola a lot because he is one of the best managers.”
The 44-year-old was then asked about Tottenham’s use of a system with three defenders, to which he offered this response: