Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has admitted feeling “hurt” not to be able to play in the upcoming Dele Alli games.
The 24-year-old midfielder has been a peripheral character since being removed from the first half of the Premier League Spurs game against Everton.
He was dropped from the team to face Burnley on Monday, but was in the starting line-up for the Spurs Europa League game against Royal Antwerp for the first time in five weeks on Thursday.
Speaking to BT Sport before the game, Mourinho said he hoped the player would be able to seize the opportunity to impress.
“Dele works hard and I feel very hurt when I don’t pick him or even have him on the bench, but it’s a consequence of our attacks,” said Mourinho.
“Tonight [Dele & Steven Bergwijn] you have to catch the opportunity with both hands. “
Spurs will be looking to capitalize on their 3-0 win over LASK in the Europa League last week as they face Antwerp, and Mourinho seemed to have great respect for his opponents.
“What do I know about the team? Since we came to a tie, I am researching my opponents with my assistants and analysts, ”he added.
– Of course, I watch as many matches from Antwerp as possible. I have a good feeling when I watch the team, I immediately have a good feeling about the level of the coach, and even not knowing the coach personally [Ivan] Leko I can say right away that he has to be a good coach when it comes to the way the team plays and its organization. “
Spurs’ crowded fixture list continues after Thursday’s game, with Sunday’s home game against Brighton and then heading to Bulgaria to face Ludogorets next Thursday.
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