Tottenham Hotspur head coach, Jose Mourinho, has confirmed that Dele Alli was taken off at half-time against Everton due to a tactical switch rather than an injury.
Alli lined up in a front two with Harry Kane for the first 45 minutes and forced one of Tottenham’s only chances of the game when his shot was saved by Jordan Pickford.
Mourinho decided to take off the young Englishman at the interval, choosing to opt for the experience of Moussa Sissoko instead.
The Frenchman came in and operated on the right of midfield initially, allowing Lucas Moura to move up into a striker role alongside Harry Kane.
However, the strike partnership changed yet again when Steven Bergwijn came on, as the former PSV wide man played up front, Moura moved back to the right, and Sissoko switched to central midfield.
Despite playing Kane with three different strike partners throughout the match, Spurs failed to create consistent chances and eventually fell to a 1-0 defeat with a whimper.
PA Sport journalist, Jonathan Veal, has now reported that Mourinho told the press that his Dele Alli decision was based on tactics rather than injury.
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