Captain Dele Alli praised by Tottenham Hotspur manager
Alli wore armband for EFL Cup win over Watford and drew praise from Mauricio Pochettino
September 28th, 2018
Dele Alli has been one of the most impressive performers for Tottenham this season and drew praise from his Spurs manager after the team triumphed over Watford on penalties.
Mauricio Pochettino gave Alli the armband for the team’s game at MK Dons, a town where the player grew up and his maturity has been praised by his manager.
“Being a captain means a lot – it’s not just about wearing the armband,” Pochettino said. “Dele spoke from the heart in his team-talk and I like that. I can’t tell you what he said but he was very good.
“He was back in his home town, playing at his old stadium, it was fantastic for him and so I decided to make him captain. I think he did very well. He is more mature and has more experience. When you are young, you do some crazy things, but he has grown up.
“He is one of the best in England and one of the best in Europe in his position. I hope the experience of being captain for the first time will help him to improve even more.”