By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Dele Alli has claimed Tottenham were punished by Monaco for starting poorly in their first Champions League clash for five years.
Spurs lost their group stage opener 2-1 at Wembley on Wednesday night in front of a record attendance for a British club in Europe’s elite competition.
Goals from Bernardo Silva and Thomas Lemar put the visitors in control after 31 minutes of the match and, although Toby Alderweireld pulled one back for the hosts before half-time, Monaco ran out deserved winners.
Alli, 20, surprisingly started the match in central midfield alongside Eric Dier before being pushed forwards into his more accustomed No10 slot in the second half following the introduction at the break of Moussa Dembele.
“I’ll play wherever the manager wants me to, it’s not a problem,” he told BT Sport’s live coverage of the match afterwards. “We started poorly and they punished us for it. We did enough to win the game but we didn’t take our chances.
“Monaco are a good team but we weren’t ruthless enough. The fans came out in numbers and never stopped singing. We need to pick ourselves up and win the next game.”
It was a disappointing performance from Spurs in front of a record crowd for a English club in the Champions League.
Pochettino will now turn his attention to the side’s next domestic fixture, as they prepare to welcome Sunderland to White Hart Lane in the Premier League on Sunday.