Tottenham lifeline for Dele Alli as Jose Mourinho calls outcast ‘very professional’


The England worldwide was again left out of the matchday squad for Tuesday's penalty shoot-out win over Chelsea in the Carabao Cup - the fourth time that has happened this season already.

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has said that out-of-favour midfielder Dele Alli should follow the example set by Tanguy Ndombele.

He told The Standard: "The only thing I can say is he's being very, very professional".

"You like me should want him to fight for his place".

Knowing Mourinho really well and that it could just be another mind game from the Portuguese tactician, Lampard said he will still prepare to face a strong team.

'He is working very hard, very professional, very happy, but not yet ready, ' said Mourinho.

Eric Dier was the only outfield player retained in the Tottenham team that started Sunday's 1-1 draw in the Premier League against Newcastle United and the England defender had to dash from the field for a comfort break in the second half.

"We felt the fear in Bulgaria and we have to make sure we win it [on Thursday]".

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"I want players to fight for the minutes that they want to be on the pitch and when you play for Tottenham, you have to understand that Tottenham wants to be better and better and the rewards are going to be better and better and the players can not have a comfortable position on the pitch".

'So I don't speak with Gareth, I don't speak even with Steve. "They had a free mid-week last week, we didn't".

"I didn't speak with Ryan Giggs either". The players are our players but also theirs.

Tottenham Hotspur players celebrate winning the penalty shootout. I'm not going to call, I'm not going to beg. "I think they deserve their freedom and I have the utmost respect for them".

Chelsea had dominated the first half and new signing Timo Werner netted his first goal for the club with a clinical finish into the bottom corner.

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"Bale cannot play [Thursday] or even on the weekend, that I can confirm".