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Alli will defy critics, vows Pochettino

 

Support: Mauricio Pochettino
Support: Mauricio Pochettino

By Jonathan Veal

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says he has no desire to swap the dugout for a TV studio following the criticism levelled at Dele Alli.

The Spurs midfielder, whose form over the last 18 months has crashed, found himself on the end of some stinging reviews from Sky Sports pundits Gary Neville, Graeme Souness and Roy Keane after his disappointing performance in the 2-1 loss at Liverpool.

"Half the player he used to be", "thinks he's a model" and "sat in an armchair" were just some of the opinions levelled at him by the trio.

Pochettino, whose side travel to Everton tomorrow, has never had a problem with people getting paid to offer their opinion, but insists it is not something he would do.

"No, in my mind it is going to be difficult," he said. "In football I respect all the opinions but (I couldn't do it) because I respect the job of manager and players.

"And because when you are not in the place you have all the information and then when you give your opinion people in the club are laughing.

"And if you go and talk in public in the end it is very dangerous. One day I may change my mind, but today no because the responsibility is massive."

Alli is still only 23 and Pochettino has no doubts that he will rediscover his best form.

"I will always support my player. When you don't win, we are observed and exposed to the opinions of different people," he said.

"The most important thing is to pay attention to yourself and work hard. We know very well that Dele is going to be back."

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