By Russell Edge
Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that Dele Alli has travelled with the squad to Spain for their clash against Real Madrid despite still serving a European suspension.
The 21-year-old will be forced to watch from the touchlines as his side take on the Spanish giants after being handed a three match ban after seeing himself sent off against Gent in last season’s Europa League defeat.
As a result he has seen himself miss the club’s opening games of the Champions League seasons, with Spurs securing victories over Borussia Dortmund and Apoel Nicosia to go joint top of their group with Real Madrid.
However, speaking on the way to Spain, Pochettino confirmed via the club’s official Twitter account that Alli made the decision to join his team mates on the plane to the Bernabeu.
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The news may come as a shock to many considering his suspension, but it demonstrates the team spirit which Pochettino has built at the club.
The Argentinian manager revealed that he invited those who were unable to play in Tuesday’s match, including Alli and the injured Erik Lamela and Victor Wanyama, to join the squad on their travels.
While the English midfielder accepted, both Wanyama and Lamela both turned down the offer to remain at the training ground and work on returning to full fitness.
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