I have spoken to Alli about diving – Pochettino

Tottenham manager, Mauricio Pochettino has admitted to talking with Dele Alli about the diving allegations that have been labeled at the youngster all season. The England international was at the center of attraction yet again after appearing to simulate in a duel against Crystal Palace goalkeeper, Wayne Hennessey in the game at Selhurst Park on Sunday. Alli has been in the news all season for having the propensity to go down with the lightest of contacts by opposition players. Pochettino, who has been credited to playing a huge part in the midfielder’s development has said the scrutiny on the
player is like that of a much younger Wayne Rooney.

Alli threw him to the ground in the penalty box as he and Hennessey went for the ball, though the Wales international goalkeeper didn’t touch him. Alli has been cautioned twice this season for simulation though he wasn’t booked on this occasion. In his pre-match press conference ahead of the FA Cup fifth round replay at Wembley against Rochdale, Pochettino spoke about Alli being an easy target for critics.

He said, “After the Palace game we had a short chat about this situation. ‘He is an easy target for other fans as it is easy to complain about or accuse Dele. ‘He is very focused on trying to improve, we are focused on trying to help him. He is a great player, a great kid and a very competitive guy who wants to win.

‘He is an amazing player with an amazing personality and of course he is always in focus, as Rooney was. ‘I am happy with him and all players need to improve in different areas, not only in football. In these types of situations, it is about being clever. “ he added.

Alli is a prodigiously talented footballer that took English football by storm last season as he scored a stunning 18 league goals in the league, though he has found this term harder to negotiate. He has been accused of lacking discipline, but with time, he can mature to a truly world class player his potential suggest.

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