Dele Alli plays down Tottenham Hotspur Premier League woes


However, it appears that the 19-year-old will have to wait a little longer before he is given a sustained opportunity to impress in the first-team after he was overlooked for Wednesday's Champions League game at home to APOEL Nicosia.

Pochettino confirmed at his press conference this afternoon that Dele Alli is fresh and will start against APOEL having missed the first three group games through suspension. "It's important that I keep working hard to learn and improve as a player".

Pochettino has named two academy youngsters in his squad - the midfielder Luke Amos and the striker Kazaiah Sterling - and he is ready to give a first Champions League start to George-Kévin Nkoudou, the winger who has struggled since his transfer from Marseille in the summer of past year.

Spurs laboured to a 1-1 draw at Watford on Saturday, slipping to four Premier League matches without victory.

Former Tottenham star David Ginola has urged Dele Alli to concentrate on his football and bounce back from his decline in form, after finally resolving his new agent search.

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"Maybe after playing two high level matches with massive pressure the team needed to breath and time to assimilate the situation".

The dip has seen them fall 18 points behind Manchester City and four adrift of the top four. It's been an opportunity for me to learn more about myself as a player and as a person, so I'm looking forward to it and I've got to keep enjoying it. We'll just have to play someone else.

Alli mentioned his learning curve on several occasions but, as significant in the discussion about his form, he brought up how important it was that he continued to have fun on the pitch.

"I can not complain about the effort or many things, only that for different reasons we have struggled to get good results in the last few games". That is why they deserve it, they have the quality as well in the position that we are looking to try to help the team tomorrow. "All is related", Pochettino said.

"As a team, we need to build another good moment and it's a good opportunity to play well and only by winning games we are going to build again our momentum".