Dele shows maturity after refusing to blame Mourinho for his fall from grace

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Dele Alli
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Dele Alli has refused to blame former head coach Jose Mourinho after he became a fringe player last season.

The midfielder struggled for regular first-team football under the Portuguese, having only started two Premier League matches all season while Mourinho was in charge (transfermarkt).

He came back into favour under interim head coach, Ryan Mason, where he started five of the six top flight games in which the 29-year-old was in the dugout.

It has been a remarkable fall from grace for the 25-year-old, who was a regular for both club and country under Mauricio Pochettino and has found himself well down in the pecking order for England, having missed out on selection for Euro 2020.

Dele admitted on Instagram after the final game of the campaign against Leicester that it was the most difficult season of his career and promised to come back stronger.

He has now insisted that he takes full responsibility for his lack of form and even claimed that he had learned a lot from Mourinho, who was sacked in April.

“The only person I blame is myself,” he told Goal.

“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.”

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