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26th Apr, 2017 | 3:29pm

Balague: Tottenham boss Poch would have been stopped in his tracks if he knew this

By Amir Mir

Guillem Balague has stated on Twitter that Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino would have been stopped in his tracks if he knew that the Xavi interview was “false”.

The former Barcelona playmaker was alleged to have told the Sun that Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is interested in signing Dele Alli.

This resulted in Pochettino hitting out at the player by stating that Xavi “hates him” also referring to a club he used to manage in Espanyol and their bitter rivalry with Barcelona.

However, Balague has now revealed that Pochettino was “not told on time” that the words supposedly said by Xavi were made up.

Former Spain international Xavi currently plays for Qatari side, Al Sadd after he left his boyhood club in the summer.

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Xavi would have come across Pochettino when the latter was manager of Espanyol during a three-year period between 2009-12.

Now, after suggestions that Xavi’s comments were false, Pochettino may have accidentally caused some bad blood between himself and the former World Cup winner.

The player in question was England international, Alli, who recently won the PFA Player of the Year Award.

He was recognised for his outstanding season in a Spurs shirt which has seen him score an impressive 16 goals in the Premier League.

Alli will be looking to add to his tally when Pochettino’s side take on Crystal Palace in a crucial Premier League showdown on Wednesday night.

In other Tottenham news, Sam Allardyce has aimed a thinly aimed dig at Arsenal, fans will love his comments. 

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