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Report: Mourinho makes claim about Tottenham’s £81m-rated ace

Jose Mourinho has leapt to the defence of Dele Alli after the Tottenham Hotspur star reacted furiously on the sidelines during their 1-0 Champions League defeat to Red Bull Leipzig on Wednesday night.

The England ace was substituted in the second half of the game and decided to slam a bottle to the ground and throw his boots to the floor in disgust.

Following the game, Tottenham boss Mourinho came out and stated that Alli was furious with his own performance and not the decision to bring him off

The Spurs manager even suggested the change he made had helped the Lilywhites get back into the game.

Speaking to the press, via Sky Sports, the Portuguese boss said: “I think he was angry with his performance, not with me.

“I think he understands why I took him off, and the team improved.”

Indeed, judging by the data collected by WhoScored, Tottenham star Alli did appear to find it difficult to make an impact in the game against Julian Nagelsmann’s side.

The £81million-rated attacking midfielder (as per TransferMarkt) failed to have a single attempt at goal or provide his Spurs team-mates with a key pass, as he had just 28 touches of the ball (WhoScored).

He managed to complete two dribbles, however Alli also had two poor touches and was dispossessed once in the 63 minutes he was on the field (WhoScored).

Clearly, the 23-year-old and Spurs will be hoping that he can rediscover his best form as quickly as possible as they come up against Chelsea on Saturday.

Tottenham are also under the pressure of heading to Germany to try and come away with a win and advance in the Champions League.

With both Harry Kane and Son Heung-min on the sidelines, Spurs will be looking to Alli to create and score goals in important games coming up.

The former MK Dons man has looked markedly improved since Mourinho took over at Tottenham, but the star will need the likes of Lucas Moura, Steven Bergwijn and Giovani Lo Celso to help him fire the North London side to success.

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