Europa League: Pochettino refuses to blame Dele Alli for Tottenham exit


Tottenham manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has refused to blame Dele Alli, for their Europa League elimination.

The England midfielder was shown a straight red for a horror tackle on Gent’s Brecht Dejaegere, in the first half of their 2-2 draw at Wembley on Thursday.

It is the first red card of Alli’s career and it came with the score at 1-1.

“He is very disappointed and sad. In football, it happens. He knows he made a mistake,” Pochettino told a post match news conference.

“Now he tries to move on and improve. In the future, we must avoid that [kind of] situation.

“I think he deserved to be sent off. He knows. That kind of action can always happen.

“It’s only one-and-a-half years he is playing for Tottenham in the Premier League, everything that he has achieved in a very short period is because he is special. A special player, a special boy. He has unbelievable personality and character.

“Before that, he is a great player. In the same way, he is how he is – he is very passionate to play football and sometimes this action happens. Now it’s time to support him, he is very sad and disappointed in the changing room.”


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