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Mauricio Pochettino brands Barcelona legend Xavi a ‘liar’ and his ‘enemy’

The Tottenham manager has slammed the Spanish hero for talking up Dele Alli's chances of a move to Manchester City

Mauricio Pochettino and Xavi evidently aren’t on each other’s Christmas card lists.

The Tottenham manager has slammed the Barcelona legend after comments he made linking Spurs star Dele Alli with a move to Manchester City.

Xavi believes his former boss and current City manager Pep Guardiola could be ready to break the world record to sign ‘special player’ Alli this summer.

Xavi during his Barcelona days

Xavi during his Barcelona days


And the comments have understandably angered Pochettino.

He said: “Xavi is in a period where he loves to talk.

“He was a Barcelona player. He is my enemy. He tried to destroy our focus to win because he hates me because he’s Barcelona and I’m Espanyol.”

Alli has been in stunning form this season, scoring 20 goals in all competitions and bagging the PFA Young Player of the Year award for the second season in a row.

Alli has been in electric form this season

Alli has been in electric form this season

Xavi believes he is ‘the sort of player Pep likes’, but Pochettino has branded the Spain great a liar and cited an incident back when they faced each other in Spain as proof.

“Funnily enough, I spoke with Thierry Henry yesterday and we both remembered the game between Espanyol and Barca when Xavi cheated the referees,” the Argentine added.

“Xavi fell down in the box, said ‘penalty’ and they gave a penalty.

Pochettino isn’t pleased by the remarks

Pochettino isn’t pleased by the remarks

“It wasn’t a penalty but Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored for Barcelona and they won the game. After in the replay it was very funny because it was clear no one touched him.

“Come on! It goes from lie to lie to lie.

“I don’t know what Xavi said about Dele, maybe he’s working for Manchester City and wants to help Guardiola.”