Jose Mourinho accuses Dele Alli of ‘creating problems’ for Tottenham in Carabao Cup win against Stoke December 24, 2020 – Posted in: Soccer
Jose Mourinho has revealed he was ‘upset’ with Dele Alli during Tottenham’s 3-1 Carabao Cup win over Stoke.
The England midfielder was given a rare start, just his fourth of the season, as goals from Gareth Bale, Ben Davies and Harry Kane saw Spurs progress to the semi-finals of the competition.
Alli was denied twice by Stoke goalkeeper Andy Lonergan in the first-half, but gave the ball away for Stoke’s 53rd-minute equaliser.
The 24-year-old was substituted in the 66th minute as Tottenham boss Mourinho accused him of ‘creating problems’ for his team.
He said: “Yes, for me a player that plays in that position is a player that has to link and create and not to create problems for his own team.
“In that situation, an objective counter-attack would probably end with a goal, and it ended with a counter-attack behind our defenders.
“We were unbalanced because when you are in possession you have full-backs out wide and another midfielder in a different line and they caught us in a counter-attack and they transformed the result of the game that was totally in our hands, so yes I am upset.”
Bale opened the scoring for Tottenham in the 22nd minute, but was forced off at half-time with a calf injury.
Mourinho said: “Yeah, [it] was his decision.
“Something he felt in the last part of the first-half and he didn’t want to come out before the second-half so he stayed.
“While he was walking to the dressing room he told me immediately that he couldn’t come for the second-half.
“Something I think with [his] calf. I’m not sure as at that time I just wanted to reorganise the team and make the change.”