Mourinho: Alli Angry With Performance
Feb. 20, 2020
Jose Mourinho insists Dele Alli was angry with his own performance, not the decision to substitute him, after he reacted furiously to being withdrawn during Tottenham's 1-0 Champions League last-16 first-leg loss to RB Leipzig.
Alli appeared surprised when his number came up in the 64th minute at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, storming to his seat on the bench before throwing a bottle and his boots to the ground in anger.
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"I think he was angry with his performance, not with me," Mourinho said. "I think he understands why I took him off, and the team improved."
Alli had struggled to make an impact against a slick Leipzig side who dominated the first half and scored the only goal through Timo Werner's penalty after Ben Davies clumsily fouled Konrad Laimer in the 58th minute.
Spurs did rally in the closing stages, going close to equalising through Giovani Lo Celso, Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura, but Mourinho was left to bemoan a lack of attacking options after Heung-Min Son had joined Harry Kane on the long-term injury list before the game with a fractured arm.
The Spurs head coach even suggested he would like to fast-forward through the remainder of the season in order to have a full squad at his disposal again.
"You have to look at our situation," he said. "If you want to make an exercise of football you can maybe think, Champions League game, Barcelona without [Lionel] Messi, [Luis] Suarez and [Antoine] Griezmann.
"If you want to look at, let's say, Liverpool. One Champions League game, no [Mohamed] Salah, no [Sadio] Mane, no [Roberto] Firmino, but they would still have [Divock] Origi.
"We are speaking about a very difficult situation and if I could I would move immediately to the 1st of July, with Harry Kane, with [Mousa] Sissoko, with Son, with [Steven] Bergwijn, with Lucas, with Lamela, I would.
"I would love to be at the 1st of July, but I'm not, I'm on February 19th. So, we have to fight until the end
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