Alli rested for Apoel clash

By: Snehanjan Banerjee
Dele Alli

Bengaluru, December 4: Currently out of form Tottenham Hotspurs midfielder Dele Alli will not be a part of the Spurs squad for their Champions League clash with Apoel Nicosia. However, the final game does not hold much significance unless Spurs lose the game and Real Madrid win theirs' which will see a second place finish for them.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino insists the omission from the final Group H clash on Wednesday is nothing to do with the midfielder's dip in form of late.

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Spurs have faced a major dip in form recently and Dele Alli's poor form is the key reason behind that and Spurs boss wants the young midfielder rested for the Apoel game as he believes the youngster deserves the rest.

Pochettino will use it as an opportunity to rotate his squad, apart from Davinson Sanchez, who was sent off at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

Dele, 21, showed his disapproval when he was substituted shortly before the end of Saturday's draw at Watford, shaking his head as he left the field which sparked a rumour that he is not happy at the North London club.

However, the manager said: "I am happy with Dele in terms of his commitment.

"He was OK when he came off. Players who have character show their frustration and it was a game we wanted to win."

The 21-year-old was one of the Premier League's best players last season, scoring 18 goals from midfield to help Spurs finish runners-up to Chelsea. But his form has been quite average this season despite a great start to the season.

A reason behind his dip in form could be fatigue as he has played an awful lot of games in quick succession which is bad for a player especially for a young player like him. In an almost dead rubber game like this, he deserves to have some rest.

Story first published: Monday, December 4, 2017, 11:25 [IST]
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