Tottenham went crashing out of the Champions League on Wednesday night with a 4-3 aggregate defeat again Italian giants Juventus, but afterwards Spurs attacker Dele Alli insisted the side would be better for the loss.
Writing on his official Twitter profile, the 21-year-old admitted that all the players were disappointed with the result but remained resilient. He wrote: “Very disappointing night, gutted to have not reached the quarters. Many positives to take from the campaign. We’ll come back stronger. COYS.”
— Dele (@dele_official) March 8, 2018
Alli himself did not have his best game in a Spurs shirt and was often all too easily shrugged off the ball by an experienced Juve defence and finally subbed off in the 85th minute.
Football Insider verdict:
This is a message that could have been copied and pasted from one of Jack Wilshere’s apologetic Tweets. There is a feeling that it lacks insincerity given the performance he put on. However, there is some truth to his statement. For while the North Londoners continue to gain experience in the Champions League and look a shoe-in for next seasons competition, they can only get better. Naive decision making and tactics will certainly be resolved by the proactive Pochettino and we would certainly expect a quarter-final appearance next year as long as they keep hold on their key players in the summer’s transfer window. With Harry Kane now looking certain to stay, at least for the time being, 2018/19 is already looking promising.
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