Jose Mourinho reveals why Dele Alli came off at half-time against Everton

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Dom Le Roy

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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  1. How many times is this love affair with players such as Dier Moura going to continue, I said it all summer while Levy is making excuses for his lack of ambition running the club like a business refusing to move forward we have reached our plateau. Now teams like Aston Villa Newcastle Everton have gone pass us on the field.His persuit of the perfect bargain is having ramifications on it.Teams such as Everton, Villa Newcastle have just gone out done there business found strikers and bought them.We are still looking for striker targets the same ones as January disgraceful. Levy is a liar and the Documentary is a joke. The same pool of players such as United Liverpool and Chelsea.More like West Ham, West Brom and Norwich. Eriksson leaves and no player maker is brought into the team to replace him Los Celso is not that sort of player Alli will never be able to recapture the form he showed when he first arrived as he has nothing to play for. Toby has got the legs anymore which was plan to see last season Sissoko is a liability waiting to happen. Harry Winks only knows to ways to pass left and right. Moura is to weak to play as a main centre forward but it keeps landing on deaf ears. Hard working does make Up for skill or quality . When we have to watch scum from up the road buying players such as Gabriel and then from the west buying Werner and Havertz the gulf in class is there to see. Levy liars are there to see Levy’s ambition to there to see. Another season where we will be lucky to qualify for Europa League again we ain’t winning anything so if you have holidays booked around April and May just go as you ain’t going to miss anything.

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