After being left out of the starting lineup for over a month, Dele Alli was given a rare start in the Quarter-final against Stoke City. Although the England international put in a decent performance, the midfielder gave away possession which led to Stoke’s equaliser in the 53rd minute.
Alli, who was replaced in the 66th minute booted the water bottles by the touchline in a show of frustration and cut a disconsolate figure for the reminder of the match. Spurs went on to defeat Stoke through goals from Ben Davies and Harry Kane and book a semi-final spot against Brentford.
Speaking to reporters after the game Mourinho was critical of Dele Alli’s mistake and accused him of creating problems for the team. The Spurs manager said “For me a player that plays in that position is a player that has to link and create and not to create problems for his own team. In that situation, an objective counter-attack would probably end with a goal, and it ended with a counter-attack behind our defenders.”
“We were unbalanced because when you are in possession you have full-backs out wide and another midfielder in a different line and they caught us in a counter-attack and they transformed the result of the game that was totally in our hands, so yes I am upset.“
Despite Mourinho’s criticism, Tottenham fans voted Dele Alli for the man of the match. However, it was officially awarded to Harry Winks, and Mourinho was in agreement with that decision and commented “deserved” on Instagram.