Jose Mourinho remains coy on Dele Alli after yet another disappointing performance
The English international made just his third start of the season in a much-changed line-up from the one that defeated Burnley last Monday.
But he failed to take his chance and was substituted off at half-time. This was the second time in three starts that the midfielder has been taken off at the break.
It would ensure further frustration to a player whose place in the squad has come into question this season. He looked to be on his way out but eventually stayed.
Mourinho refused to name any individuals and instead termed the loss as a collective failure. Alli was one of four players taken off at the beak. The others were Giovani Lo Celso, Carlos Vinicius and Steven Bergwijn.
“I don’t want to analyse individuals.”
The Spurs boss played it cool and admitted that poor performances, both individually and collectively, are interlinked.
“I think it is fair to say that players with bad performances – they influence the team, but also the team influences individual performances.”
Mourinho recently spoke of being sympathetic to Alli’s cause at the club. However, he admitted that being dropped is normal at big clubs.
Having said that, the midfielder did little to change Mourinho’s mind yesterday. Speaking after the game, the Spurs boss also indicated that he now has an idea about his favoured line-up in the coming matches.
If yesterday’s performance is anything to go by, Alli could be set for another spell on the bench.
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The loss was our first defeat since the opening day reversal to Everton. Spurs have largely looked excellent this season. Hopefully, the result is an anomaly and normal services resume at Brighton.