Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed that Dele Alli was withdrawn from Tottenham Hotspur’s Premier League game against Everton as he was tired.
Spurs put the seal on qualification for next season’s Champions League by drawing 2-2 with the Toffees to finish the season in fourth place in the Premier League table.
However, Alli was replaced by Victor Wanyama at half-time after struggling in the first half.
Pochettino revealed that although the England international was not injured, Tottenham were taking no chances with his fitness.
Ahead of their Champions League final against Liverpool on June 1, they will want to have everybody fit and firing – including Alli.
In his post-match press conference, Pochettino was asked about his reasons for withdrawing the 23-year-old.
“Yes, he didn’t start in the warm-up, he was strange, his feeling and then his performance was very poor in the first half and because he can’t cope with the situation so because of caution, he was out,” the Argentine confirmed, as quoted by the Football.London website.
However, in news that Spurs fans will welcome, Pochettino does not think he is a doubt for the game in Madrid early next month.
“I think it is not a problem, we need to assess him, but I think he was tired for the circumstance again we played with him,” he added.
“I think in a normal condition he was for sure not starting the game, but we started with him and before that problem starts something in half-time we made the change.”
It has been a long season for Alli, who was instrumental in helping England reach the World Cup semi-finals in Russia.
He has made 37 appearances for Tottenham in all competitions, scoring seven goals and putting on eight assists – despite missing matches with hamstring, thigh and hand injuries during the campaign.