It has been the tale of two Dele Allis since Jose Mourinho took over as head coach at Tottenham back in late November last year.
In Mourinho’s first seven Premier League matches in charge, Dele started every single match and completed 90 minutes five times (TransferMarkt).
He also managed to find the back of the net four times, as well as coming up with two assists. However, since then, Alli has managed just two goals and one assist in the next 10 league games.
The England international was in action last night in the Champions League, but failed to help his side to inspire a comeback against RB Leipzig.
One journalist told Jose Mourinho that Dele Alli had claimed the Spurs mentality was not good enough against the Germans in the 3-0 defeat (BT Sport – 10/03/20 – 20:00 onwards – as quoted by Standard).
Mourinho went on to reply that it was a good thing Dele could be introspective and analyse himself, something he believes all players should do.
He said (Football London): “Depends on the players. I don’t think a player like Tanganga or Sessegnon, one playing his first match in the Champions League, the other starting his second, I don’t think they are players that I can expect more than what they did. I think the mentality of a team is also a consequence of its power.
“When you feel powerful your mentality goes bigger, your self-esteem goes higher. When you feel that for example, it’s so difficult for you to score a goal I think your self-esteem, your confidence goes down. At the same time when you know that if you make a mistake you will get punished for it, it’s also very, very difficult.
“But if Dele has these vision, I think it’s a good thing. I think he can be very introspective and look at himself. He can analyse himself and that’s an amazing thing to have as a player and every player should do his own analysis and if he does it will be very good for him.”
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