The Spurs beat Stoke 3-1 to advance to the Carabao Cup semifinals, but their manager was not happy with his midfielder’s role in Potter’s goal
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has hit Dele Alli, accusing the midfielder of creating “problems for his own team” in his team’s 3-1 win over Stoke in the Carabao Cup.
Alli decided to start at Stoke on Wednesday and occasionally looked dangerous in attack, seeing a shot on goal that saved Andy Lonergan in the first half.
However, he was to blame for Stoke’s goal when he gave the ball to the host with one move – and it was an action that angered his coach.
“For me, a player who plays in that position is a player who has to connect and create, not create problems for his own team,” Mourinho said at his post-match press conference. “They brought us in a counterattack, so he was angry.
“We were solid in the first half. They didn’t touch the ball, they had a shot, they had a corner. Instead of killing the game, we kill ourselves. After that, we needed a moment and stability. “
Stoke’s goal through Jordan Thompson, who canceled Gareth Bale’s header, came in the 53rd minute – and Alli was pulled out in the 66th minute. The Spurs would continue to win with goals from Ben Davies and Harry Kane.
As Alli struggled for a few minutes, the Stoke game was a showcase to impress – and it could be a while before Mourinho shows his faith in the 24-year-old again.
Mourtinho has a great record in the Carabao Cup as he has won it four times – three times with Chelsea and once with Manchester United – and says his side will be fighting for the trophy.
“Two very tough games,” he said. “The teams that are there will be difficult. We are in the semifinals and we will be there to fight. ”
Meanwhile, Spurs midfielder Harry Winks showed up as a player of the match and was happy to get some time to play.
“I was really pleased,” Winks said Sky Sports . “It was a difficult minute, so entering a game of such intensity is always difficult when you haven’t had as many minutes as you want.
“The guys were brilliant, we got through it. It’s a tough place to come, a great pitch and I’m personally happy to have gotten the man of the match. ”