Mauricio Pochettino praises calmer, more mature captain Dele Alli

first_imgShare on Pinterest Alli joked afterwards that the captain’s armband was too big and some of his teammates had laughed at his pre-match team-talk. But Pochettino said the 22-year-old had presented himself in a new light and it would do him good.“Being a captain means a lot – it’s not just about wearing the armband,” Pochettino said. “Dele spoke from the heart in his team-talk and I like that. I can’t tell you what he said but he was very good.“He was back in his home town, playing at his old stadium, it was fantastic for him and so I decided to make him captain. I think he did very well. He is more mature and has more experience. When you are young, you do some crazy things, but he has grown up.“He is one of the best in England and one of the best in Europe in his position. I hope the experience of being captain for the first time will help him to improve even more.”Pochettino reported that Christian Eriksen was out of Saturday’s trip to Huddersfield with an abdominal problem and that Hugo Lloris faced a late fitness test on an injured thigh. He hoped both of them would be fit for Wednesday’s Champions League tie against Barcelona at Wembley. Michel Vorm (knee) is out of both matches and Serge Aurier is being assessed after injuring a thigh against Watford. Mauricio Pochettino has said Dele Alli is now a calmer and more mature player, as he praised the way the midfielder handled his first experience of captaining Tottenham.The manager gave Alli the responsibility for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup tie against Watford at Stadium MK, which Spurs won on penalties after a 2-2 draw. It was the first time Alli had played at the stadium since his days at MK Dons and the player believes it was written in the stars that he should score the winning penalty. He had earlier equalised from the spot for 1-1. Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Dele Alli Dele Alli seals Tottenham win over Watford on perfect homecoming news Share via Email Read more Topics Tottenham Hotspur Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Mauricio Pochettinolast_img

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *