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Dele Alli breaks silence on Tottenham exile under Jose Mourinho

Dele Alli, Jose Mourinho, Tottenham
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Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli made an honest admission on his difficulties under former manager Jose Mourinho.

Dele Alli has no hard feelings towards Jose Mourinho as he holds himself responsible for his troubles at Tottenham.

The 25-year-old fell out of favor once Mourinho became Spurs manager in November 2019. His attitude in training even left the Portuguese frustrated – as seen in the club’s Amazon documentary ‘All or Nothing’.

The bulk of Alli’s appearances last season came in cup competitions, such as the Europa League and FA Cup. But he returned to the line-up once Mourinho was sacked in April. Interim coach Ryan Mason started him in each of Spurs’ last five Premier League games of the campaign.

“The only person I blame is myself,” Alli told Goal on his Spurs exile under Mourinho.

“I should be performing at a level where it is difficult to not put me in the team or not play me.

“I don’t blame anyone but myself. Working with Mourinho was a great experience and one I learned a lot from.”

Alli, who didn’t make the 26-man England squad for Euro 2020, hopes for a fresh start under Mourinho’s successor, Nuno Espirito Santo.

The midfielder has worked on his diet and undergone a training regime this summer with his personal team as he bids to regain the form he showed under former Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino.