By Russell Edge
Tottenham midfield star Dele Alli has admitted that he was concerned about the strength of the club’s Champions League group prior to the start of their European campaign.
The Lilywhites were drawn against Cypriot side Apoel Nicosia, German giants Borussia Dortmund and reigning champions Real Madrid, in what many dubbed the ‘group of death’ for this year’s competition.
However, Spurs appeared to not let the strength of their opponents faze them, and have not lost in all five of their matches this season, with just a home clash against Apoel left to come.
Their impressive 3-1 win over Real Madrid secured their place in the knock out rounds, while the 2-1 win away at Dortmund on Tuesday, which saw them go in to the half time break 1-0 down, confirmed that they would progress as table toppers.
With any European pressure off the Spurs stars until the new year, Alli admitted that he had some concern over just how daunting the group draw was, but insisted he was keen to prove his and his team’s worth against some of the biggest names in world football.
Speaking after the game, he honestly admitted to the club’s official website: “When the draw was made it looked like a tough group for us.
“(It was) one you want to be part of when you go into the Champions League to test yourselves against the best teams in Europe.
“That’s what we’ve had to do and we’ve come out on top so that’s a big statement.”
Simply qualifying for the next stage of the competition would have been an improvement on last season’s European endeavours for Tottenham, which saw them finish third in the group before slipping out of the Europa League to Belgian side Gent.
In other Tottenham news, Paul Merson has said that there is one Arsenal star who is better than every Spurs player.