Dele Alli’s Spurs return against Real Madrid adds spice to Wembley meeting

The midfielder has endured an uneven start to his season at Tottenham but Mauricio Pochettino believes his ‘best is coming’ as Alli prepares for his first Champions League appearance of the campaign

It has been apparent to everyone that Dele Alli has suffered, at times, over the early months of the season, that his stars have not been aligned, and Mauricio Pochettino is well aware of it. “I think [it has been] for many reasons that maybe you must read in my next book,” the Tottenham Hotspur manager told his audience before Wednesday night’s Champions League tie against Real Madrid, which got few laughs.

The joke threatened to run away from him when the Uefa translator relayed it back in Spanish – on a literal level – for the benefit of the Madrid media. Pochettino was forced to butt in and clarify that he was not about to write a sequel to Brave New World, his diary of last season which has just been released.

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