‘Sad every time’ – Mourinho opens up on leaving Dele Alli out of the squad again

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Tottenham Hotspur’s Dele Alli missed out on the matchday squad yet again last night as Jose Mourinho took on Sean Dyche at Turf Moor.

This became the fourth time out of six Premier League games in which Alli has missed out on the 18-man squad altogether, while his only start came back on matchday one.

The midfielder has played a total of just 66 Premier League minutes this season and even missed out on the matchday squads against Chelsea in the League cup and Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the Europa League (TransferMarkt).

Spurs started with an attacking three of Harry Kane, Heung-min Son, and Lucas Moura against Burnley, with Tanguy Ndombele playing the attacking midfield role.

On the bench, Mourinho preferred the likes of Carlos Vinicius, Erik Lamela, and Gareth Bale to Dele, a common theme this season.

Having said that, experienced players such as Gazzaniga, Winks, Sanchez, and Aurier all also missed out on the day.

Mourinho had this to say on the matter (Football London): “You know I feel very bad we did, I feel even sad every time I have to write a list of players selected for a game. It’s not just about Dele. But if the players understand Thursday we have another match and that some people who didn’t play are going to play Thursday. And vice versa. If they understand this. This is the life of a big club, the life I know from my times in Real Madrid, Inter, Chelsea. I know that. So the boys have to be ready.”

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