Jose Mourinho sympathizes with Tottenham Hotspur star Dele Alli
The midfielder has largely played a supporting role to a new look Spurs side this season. With the club doing well, there is no reason for Mourinho needs to shake things up.
Alli has started just two of Tottenham’s 11 fixtures this season. He has also at times been completely left out of the matchday squad.
“This is the life of a big club.”
Despite sympathizing with the player, Mourinho believes this is how life is at big clubs. It is an honest assessment of the situation where players are rewarded based on merit.
Mourinho adds that other unused substitutes at Turf Moor, Davinson Sanchez and Harry Winks, will be given opportunities in the future.
While the Spurs boss does not enjoy to leave out players, he believes it is a burden that comes with the job. With so many good players performing, someone has to be left out.
“I have to admit it hurts me because they deserve more but this is the life of a top squad”
Mourinho also hinted at making the optimal use of his squad. With a busy schedule to navigate, the Portuguese will need to ensure he rotates the team when necessary. This should give players enough chances to impress. Whether they take the opportunity or not is up to them.
“If the players understand that on Thursday we have another match and that some people that didn’t play here, they are going to play on Thursday and vice-versa.”
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Mourinho is right in his assessment that not every player can play every game. There is a reason why a squad exists and the Portuguese seems determined to use it to the fullest.
Alli will get his opportunities. Whether he makes the most of it remains to be seen.