Tottenham’s English midfielder Dele Alli listens throughout a press convention on the eve of the UEFA Champions League soccer match between Leipzig and Tottenham, in Leipzig, jap Germany on March 9, 2020. Ronny Hartmann / AFP
Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli questioned the mentality of his aspect after crumbling to a Three-Zero Champions League final 16, second leg defeat to Leipzig on Tuesday to bow out of the competitors Four-Zero on mixture.
Marcel Sabitzer profited from two errors by Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris within the first 21 minutes to provide Leipzig a commanding lead earlier than substitute Emil Forsberg added the third late on.
Tottenham supervisor Jose Mourinho was repeatedly used the absence of key injured gamers reminiscent of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min for a run of six video games with no win in all competitions.
However Alli insisted that’s not a adequate excuse for the style by which final season’s Champions League finalists exited the competitors with a whimper.
“We were missing some good players, but that’s football, that happens. This is Tottenham, the players that come in have to step up and we haven’t done that today,” Alli informed BT Sport.
“I think we have to apologise to the fans. They travelled all this way and to go out and lose like that, they deserve better.”
Alli refused to level the finger at Lloris, however claimed Spurs weren’t mentally sturdy sufficient to supply the identical kind of fightback as they did from Three-Zero down on mixture towards Ajax in final season’s semi-finals.
“We were second to a lot of balls, to concede them goals shows our mentality wasn’t strong enough,” added Alli.
“We now have to remain collectively and never discuss anybody particularly.
“It’s not down to at least one participant to attain targets, to cease targets, the entire staff efficiency and the mentality wasn’t sturdy sufficient.”
Tottenham now have simply 9 video games left this season within the Premier League to attempt to keep away from lacking out on the Champions League for the primary time in 5 seasons.
Mourinho’s males lie eighth within the desk, seven factors off the highest 4, and badly want to finish their barren run at residence to Manchester United on Sunday.
“I think probably it is (a) good (thing),” mentioned Mourinho of his aspect’s exit from Europe. “Sometimes difficult moments are moments that can prepare the future in a better way.”
On high of dropping Kane and Son, Mourinho pointed to the absence of Steven Bergwijn, Moussa Sissoko and Davinson Sanchez for his aspect’s capitulation in Germany.
“Individuals can say excuses however I’m fairly positive it’s unhealthy for anybody.
“I don’t assume anybody would resist to such a scenario. On this second we’ve matches to play within the Premier League with these gamers, there are usually not others, and we go till our limits. Let’s see how we finish the season.”