Alli To Miss Start Of Premier League Season With Injury

Dele Alli of Tottenham reacts during the Audi cup 2019 final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Bayern Muenchen at Allianz Arena on July 31, 2019 in Munich, Germany.  Jose Breton/NurPhoto)

 

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has been ruled out of the start of the new Premier League season with a hamstring injury.

The England international picked up the problem in training and manager Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed he will miss their opening game of the campaign against Aston Villa next Saturday.

It will come as a big blow to the playmaker, who was beset by hamstring problems last season and Pochettino admits it is a concern.

The Argentinian, who saw his side conclude their pre-season preparations with a 1-1 draw against Inter Milan on Sunday, said: “I don’t believe he’s going to be ready for the start of the season.

“It’s the same area. Yes, of course we are worried. He’s still so young. Just 23 and many, many hamstring problems in the last few years.

“It’s to pay attention to what is going on in his body, but we are here to try to help him. I think (it is a) minor injury. It’s only a few weeks before he can be available again and be with the group.”

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With less than a week until the transfer window shuts, Tanguy Ndombele remains the only signing that will impact the first team this summer and Pochettino expressed his frustration last week when he appeared to distance himself from the club’s dealings.

He offered no new updates on potential incomings, with Giovani Lo Celso and Bruno Fernandes reported targets, and has not spoken to chairman Daniel Levy in recent days.

“No, he’s in Miami and I didn’t have the opportunity to talk to him,” Pochettino said of Levy.

“I am happy with my squad. You can see today a lot of younger players. In every season we are always open to improve the squad and to try to find the right players to be stronger and better and there are still four days.

“We’ll see what happens in the next few days.”

Spurs fans got their first look at new record signing Ndombele, though the France midfielder did not have a huge impact, beyond an exciting dart into the penalty area in the first half.

Pochettino has warned the midfielder will need time to get used to English football.

“For him it’s difficult,” he said. “We cannot expect too much. We need to accept he needs time to adapt to first a new culture, a new country, new habits.”

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Arsenal Identify Fan Who Threw Bottle At Tottenham’s Dele Alli

England’s midfielder Dele Alli/AFP

 

Arsenal said Thursday they have identified a man they suspect of throwing a plastic bottle at Tottenham’s Dele Alli during Spurs’ 2-0 League Cup quarter-final victory over their bitter Nnorth London rivals.

The England midfielder — who scored a delightful goal to put Spurs 2-0 up at the Emirates — was hit on the head as he took a throw-in in the second half.

Arsenal said in a statement that the club had been “embarrassed” by the incident, promising the individual concerned would face a lengthy ban.

The club statement said that the suspect left the stadium immediately after throwing the bottle at Alli in the 73rd minute of the match but an image of him has been found by analysing CCTV footage of the crowd.

“We are liaising with the Metropolitan Police and investigations continue in order to apprehend the culprit,” the club added.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino praised 22-year-old Alli for the control he showed during the incident.

“It was an amazing reaction,” he told reporters on Thursday.

“In another country, the player was going to be down on the pitch. Dele behaved really well. Arsenal should be grateful to him because the player could have gone down and created a massive problem.”

And the Spurs boss said he did not think Arsenal should be punished.

Earlier this week a Tottenham fan was handed a four-year football banning order after throwing a banana skin towards Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang when the teams met in an acrimonious clash at the Emirates on December 2.

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Injured Alli Out Of England’s Friendly With Switzerland

England’s midfielder Dele Alli (L) and England’s defender Luke Shaw take part in an open training session at St George’s Park in Burton-on-Trent, central England on September 7, 2018 on the eve of their UEFA Nations League match against Spain. Paul ELLIS / AFP

 

England midfielder Dele Alli will miss Tuesday’s friendly in Leicester with Switzerland because of a minor muscle strain, the Football Association announced Monday.

The 22-year-old Tottenham Hotspur star suffered the injury in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Spain in the Nations League.

Alli may not have played for the World Cup semi-finalists in any case as England manager Gareth Southgate is believed to be set on making radical changes to the starting line-up against a side that reached the last 16 of the World Cup.

Southgate — who would become the first England manager to suffer four successive defeats if the Swiss prevail — is not calling up a replacement for Alli having already bolstered his squad with uncapped young Leicester City duo, defender Ben Chilwell and winger Demerai Gray.

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No Signings Problem For Tottenham As Alli Sinks Newcastle

Newcastle United’s English defender Jamaal Lascelles (L) vies with Tottenham Hotspur’s English midfielder Dele Alli during the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St James’ Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, north east England on August 11, 2018. PHOTO: Lindsey PARNABY / AFP

 

Dele Alli silenced the complaints about Tottenham’s lack of signings as the England midfielder sealed a 2-1 win at Newcastle in their Premier League opener on Saturday.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side are the first club in the Premier League era not to make a single signing since the introduction of the pre-season transfer window.

That low-key approach has frustrated Tottenham fans, but Alli lifted the gloom with a clinical header to seal at the points at St James’ Park.

Jan Vertonghen opened the scoring with an early header and Joselu’s equaliser was quickly erased by Alli as all three goals came in the first 18 minutes.

Despite Tottenham’s hard-fought victory, there was another August blank for Harry Kane, who started even though the England striker had only returned to training on Monday following his notable World Cup exploits.

The World Cup Golden Boot winner has now gone 14 games spanning 988 minutes without scoring in the opening month of the campaign, though on this occasion, it mattered little.

The season kicked-off to the backdrop of a protest staged by hundreds of Newcastle fans outside the nearby branch of Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct.

Ashley, the club’s notoriously parsimonious billionaire owner, saw fit to spend £90 million (10.6 million euros, $11.5 million) on the ailing department store group House of Fraser. Meanwhile, his Magpies posted a net transfer profit of £20 million, despite the arrival of seven new signings, the most expensive of which, Japanese international forward Yoshinori Muto, cost £9.5m from German side Mainz.

Deft header

Tottenham fans appear rather less dissatisfied, despite their club failing to make a single addition to Pochettino’s squad since the end of last season.

Such inactivity proved no impediment as the visitors rode their luck to seal a repeat of their opening day victory at St James’ Park 12 months ago.

The visitors took an eighth-minute lead when Christian Eriksen’s corner was headed towards goal by Davinson Sanchez, allowing fellow defender Vertonghen to find the net off the underside of the bar with a deft glancing header which crossed the line before Martin Dubravka was able to claw the ball back.

Newcastle were level within three minutes when Sanchez and Vertonghen were caught ball-watching as Matt Ritchie sent over an inviting centre from the right which Joselu headed into the bottom corner of the net past an exposed Hugo Lloris.

With momentum on their side and a full-house roaring them on, Benitez’s side looked set to build from a position of strength.

But thanks to more questionable defending, their parity lasted just seven minutes.

Tottenham’s second goal was simple in its construction and should have been comfortably dealt with.

Newcastle allowed Alli a free run at the far post to send a precise header back across Dubravka into the far corner from Serge Aurier’s inviting cross, which was whipped in from the right.

An increasingly open second period surprisingly failed to produce a further addition to the score, as both goalkeepers excelled.

Dubravka saved well to deny Alli when the midfielder deflected Kane’s mis-hit shot towards goal.

Newcastle’s Slovakian keeper provided an even better stop to keep out a well-struck effort from Moussa Sissoko.

Not to be outdone at the other end, Lloris stood up well to block Ayoze Perez’s shot.

The Frenchman was fortunate, however, as Kenedy’s control let the Brazilian down at a crucial point, when a more assured first touch would have put the on-loan Chelsea midfielder in on goal.

Mo Diame and substitute Salomon Rondon both struck the woodwork as Newcastle pressed for what would have been a fully deserved equaliser, but Tottenham held firm.

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Fiery Dele Alli Vows To Keep Cool At World Cup

England’s midfielder Dele Alli attends a media event at St George’s Park in Burton-on-Trent on May 28, 2018, ahead of their international friendly football matches against Nigeria and Costa Rica.
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Fiery England star Dele Alli has promised to keep his cool at the World Cup.

Alli has been targeted by opponents keen to provoke the volatile Tottenham midfielder.

Alli has been involved in a series of incidents when his temper has got the better of him.

Some pundits fear Alli could suffer the same fate as David Beckham, who was infamously sent off in the 1998 World Cup after being provoked by Argentina’s Diego Simeone.

But the 22-year-old, who claims he has never seen footage of Beckham’s red card, expects to keep a lid on his tantrums in Russia, where England face Tunisia, Panama and Belgium in the group stage.

“I am a big believer that you have to make mistakes to learn from them,” Alli said.

“And, yeah, I feel I learned from the things I’ve done before, but it’s not something I worry about at all.

“I haven’t seen the incident with Beckham but, you know, I feel I’ve got everything under control. That is not going to be a problem.

“Obviously, I’ve done some things before and people seem to think that will be a problem but it’s not.”

Meanwhile, England manager Gareth Southgate is keeping his cards close to his chest as speculation continues over the identity of his World Cup goalkeeper.

Southgate gave Everton’s Jordan Pickford his third cap in Saturday’s 2-1 friendly win over Nigeria at Wembley.

But Stoke’s Jack Butland and Burnley’s Nick Pope are also in contention.

With England’s last World Cup warm-up set for Thursday against Costa Rica, Southgate is keeping his stoppers guessing.

“We’ll give consideration to who plays in goal against Costa Rica over the next 24 or 36 hours,” he said.

“But I was really pleased with what Jordan did. Normally, when you play for England, there’s not an awful lot of opportunity to produce a lot of saves.

“His decision making on crosses, the punch he made, his distribution and calmness to slide passes into midfield.

“That was really important to the way we want to play. He can be very pleased with his performance.”

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Pochettino Hails Alli As Tottenham Break Chelsea Jinx

Tottenham Hotspur’s English midfielder Dele Alli celebrates after scoring their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge in London on April 1, 2018. PHOTO: Glyn KIRK / AFP

 

Mauricio Pochettino saluted Dele Alli as Tottenham ended their 28-year wait to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge with a 3-1 victory, while Arsenal left it late to seal their 3-0 win over Stoke on Sunday.

Defeat for Chelsea shattered their hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League as Tottenham opened up an eight-point lead over their closest challengers for fourth place.

Ending their long wait for a win at their London rivals is just the latest sign of the progress made under Pochettino.

And it was even more impressive as they came from behind as a huge error from Hugo Lloris gifted Alvaro Morata the opening goal when the Tottenham goalkeeper misjudged a cross in the 30th minute.

Christan Eriksen’s sublime long-range strike drew Tottenham level in first-half stoppage time.

Alli took centre stage to end a barren run with two smart finishes in the 62nd and 66th minutes.

Tottenham could even afford the luxury of doing the damage without Harry Kane, who made his return from a three-week layoff with ankle ligament damage 16 minutes from time.

It was a sweet moment for Alli, who has endured criticism for some erratic performances this season.

“He’s a great talent and I have no doubts about him. Young players need room to breath,” Pochettino said.

“There’s pressure on their shoulders. But he has nothing to show to me or Tottenham.

“It’s more about the expectation being so high. I’m so happy for him.”

After a long run of poor results in away fixtures against their top four rivals, Tottenham finally proved they can win when the stakes are highest.

Pochettino, yet to win a trophy with Tottenham, said: “After 28 years it is important to win here. It’s a happy day for everyone – fans, players. We feel very proud.”

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte admitted Eriksen’s equaliser was a hammer blow after his side had dominated for much of the first half.

“The goal at the end of the first half it wasn’t good for us and our confidence. We deserved to go in 2-0 up but football is this and Eriksen scored a fantastic goal,” he said.

“Second half we tried to score again but Tottenham have been more clinical than us. In this season we are not so clinical and then we lost the game.”

Conte rues Chelsea flop

Failing to qualify for the Champions League could trigger Conte’s departure at the end of the season after he spent much of the campaign feuding with the club’s hierarchy over their failure to back his transfer plans.

But Conte wouldn’t concede Chelsea are out of the race for the top four.

“For sure we lost a great chance today to reduce the gap with Tottenham,” he said.

“There are seven games to go and we have to do our best until the end. At the end of the season, you finish in the position you deserve.”

At the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal warmed up for Thursday’s crucial Europa League quarter-final against CSKA Moscow with three goals in the final 15 minutes against second-bottom Stoke.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the first two, including a penalty opener.

Alexandre Lacazette netted the third, also from the spot, after Aubameyang passed up the chance of a hat-trick to give his out-of-form team-mate a welcome confidence boost.

Asked if he was surprised Aubameyang did not take the second penalty, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said: “No, because I know they have a good understanding.

“I like that because it can only make the team stronger. That shows well the state of our society because when people are generous we are surprised.”

Frustrated by the first penalty decision, Stoke manager Paul Lambert called for the Premier League to introduce the Video Assistant Referee system that has so far only been used in cup competitions in England.

“I’ve seen VAR work. I saw it in Germany and it worked seamlessly, absolutely no problem at all,” he said.

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Tottenham In Historic Win Over Chelsea At Stamford Bridge

                                                                                                                                                                       Tottenham Hotspur’s English midfielder Dele Alli (L) celebrates with Tottenham Hotspur’s South Korean striker Son Heung-Min after scoring their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge in London on April 1, 2018. PHOTO: Glyn KIRK / AFP

 

Dele Alli scored twice in four second-half minutes as Tottenham Hotspur beat Chelsea 3-1 on Sunday to end a 28-year wait for a Premier League win at Stamford Bridge.

Defeat for the hosts all but ends Chelsea’s hopes of Champions League football next season as Spurs opened up an eight-point lead over their closest challengers for fourth place.

Ending their long wait for a win at their London rivals is just the latest sign of the progress made under Mauricio Pochettino as Spurs look set to seal a place in the Champions League for a third straight season.

And it was even more impressive as they came from behind as a huge error from captain Hugo Lloris gifted Alvaro Morata the opening goal.

Christan Eriksen’s wonder strike levelled in first-half stoppage time before Alli took centre stage to end a barren run by his standards with two smart finishes just after the hour mark.

Spurs could even afford the luxury of doing the damage without Harry Kane, who made his return from a three-week layoff with ankle ligament damage 16 minutes from time.

Alli was pushed into a more advanced role than his usual roving role behind Kane and had the first chance but couldn’t direct Eriksen’s cross goalwards.

Chelsea was the side far more in desperate need of the points and that began to show as the first-half developed.

Willian and Victor Moses forced Lloris into comfortable saves, whilst Marcos Alonso also saw a goal ruled out for offside.

However, the French number one was clearly at fault when the opener arrived on the half-hour mark.

Morata hadn’t scored in the Premier League since Boxing Day, but no one has scored more headed goals in the league this season and he was left with the easiest of tasks to nod into an empty net as Lloris flapped at Moses’s cross.

Symbolic Spurs win

Lloris was also far from secure when he parried Alonso’s driven cross back into the danger area and relied on Jan Vertonghen to make a crucial clearance.

Eriksen’s shooting ability from long range had been Spurs’ only real threat before the break.

Willy Caballero, deputising for the injured Thibaut Courtois, got a strong hand to the Dane’s first warning shot.

However, Caballero was helpless when Eriksen’s fierce dipping effort clipped the bar on its way past him in first-half stoppage time.

The Argentine goalkeeper was forced into a brilliant save from another long-range effort, this time from Son Heung-min, on the hour mark as Spurs started to take control.

And two minutes later they led when Alli brilliantly controlled Eric Dier’s long pass before slotting inside Caballero’s near post.

Alli had scored just two goals in his previous 19 games in 2018 but soon had as many in four minutes as Spurs set the seal in a hugely symbolic win.

Son was again denied by Caballero but Alli pounced on the pinball inside the Chelsea area before slotting into the bottom corner.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte kicked a water bottle into his dugout with the frustration of a man who knows his days in charge.

Failure to make the top four is likely to seal the Italian’s fate no matter what comes of Chelsea’s run to the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

However, Spurs too are in the last four and on this evidence are more likely to end their wait for a trophy under Pochettino, particularly with Kane back to lead the line.

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Dele Alli Bids To Recover Form In Weakened Spurs Team

Tottenham Hotspur’s English midfielder Dele Alli . Photo; OLLY GREENWOOD / AFPDele Alli

Dele Alli will start Tottenham’s Champions League dead rubber against Apoel Nicosia as he bids to play his way back into form even though a clutch of other top players will be rested.

Harry Kane will be among five key men rested for the match at Wembley along with Christian Eriksen, Eric Dier, Kieran Trippier and Hugo Lloris.

Spurs have already secured first place in Group H, meaning the likes of Fernando Llorente, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou and Juan Foyth are expected to be given a chance.

However, Alli, who missed the first three group games through suspension, will play as the attacking midfielder bids to recover form and confidence following recent struggles.

“I think I am my own biggest critic,” Alli said. “Every time I know when I’m not playing well and if it’s not going well for me. It’s important that I keep working hard and trying every day to learn and improve as a player.”

“Obviously I would like to be at my highest level in every single game and every training session but I don’t think that’s possible,” said the England midfielder.

“So I think it’s been a good opportunity for me to learn more about myself as a player and as a person, so I’m looking forward to it and I’ve got to keep enjoying it.”

The club’s exploits in the Champions League — including a 3-1 home win against European champions Real Madrid — are in sharp contrast to their struggles in the Premier League, where they are have fallen 18 points behind leaders Manchester City.

“It’s not unusual for a team to have a dip in form,” said Alli.

“There’s nothing to worry about for us. We’ve got a great team, a great manager, great staff, so we’re looking forward to getting into the next game and getting going.”

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FIFA Open Disciplinary Proceedings Against Dele Alli

FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli after the player was caught making an obscene gesture during an England match, the world governing body announced on Friday.

Alli was caught sticking his middle finger up during the national side’s World Cup qualifier against Slovakia on Monday.

He said after the match the gesture had been directed as a joke at teammate Kyle Walker.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, speaking on Thursday, had played down the incident.

“It’s true it’s not a fantastic gesture but it’s not a big issue. It was a joke in a moment with his teammate. I don’t think it’ll be a big issue with FIFA or with us.”

Alli, 21, has had a number of run-ins with the football authorities and has faced calls to curb his fiery temperament.

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Tottenham Beat Stoke To Move Second In Premier League

Tottenham Beat Stoke To Move Second In Premier League, Harry KaneIt was a delightful English Premier League match for Tottenham on Sunday afternoon as they beat Stoke City 4-0 at the White Hart Lane.

Harry Kane netted three whooping goals consecutively in a space of 40 minutes after the match began.

The hat-trick hero subsequently made a brilliant assist for Dele Alli who scored the fourth for the hosts in less than two minutes to the end of the first half.

Spurs maintained the lead all through the second half to make the victory their eighth successive Premier League home win.

They are now seventh on the league table with 53 points, trailing Chelsea with 10 points.

Harry Kane Hat Trick Eases Spurs Into Second Spot

Kane Hat Trick Eases Spurs Into Second SpotHarry Kane scored a hat trick to help Tottenham Hotspur ease into second place on the Premier League table with a comfortable win over West Bromwich Albion.

Kane opened the scoring at White Hart Lane after 12 minutes, finishing Christian Eriksen’s pass.

Eriksen helped to double the lead 14 minutes later when his shot hit Jonas Olsson and then Gareth McAuley, whose deflection diverted it into the net.

West Brom emerged more competitive after the break but, despite the departure of Jan Vertonghen through injury, it was Spurs who continued to score.

Kane got his second from Kyle Walker’s cross on 77 minutes and claimed the match ball for the third time in the league after a one-two with Dele Alli five minutes later.

His 13th PL goal puts him one behind Diego Costa, who leads the race for the Golden Boot.

Despite defeat, West Brom’s ninth position is not under threat.

The win was Spurs’ sixth win in a row.

In other matches, Marcos Alonso scored twice as Chelsea outclassed Leicester 3-0 to restore their seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League.

Hull City moved off the foot of the table with an impressive 3-1 win over Bournemouth.

Sunderland remained in the relegation zone following a home defeat against Stoke City.

Arsenal returned to the top four with a handsome 4-0 victory at Swansea City.

Andy Carroll scored with a stunning volley as West Ham defeated Crystal Palace 3-0.

Vertonghen Signs New Tottenham Deal

Vertonghen Signs New Tottenham Deal  Tottenham defender, Jan Vertonghen, has signed a new deal that would keep him at white hart lane until 2019.

The Belgium International, joined from Ajax in July 2012 and immediately established himself as a vital part of their back four.

Vertonghen became the latest spurs player to commit his future to the club after striker, Harry Kane, signed fresh terms on Thursday.

Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Eric Dier, Danny Rose and Kyle Walker, have also signed new deals since the start of the 2016/2017 season.