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Alli believes the 2018 World Cup had a big influence on the team

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 29: Deli Alli of Tottenham in action during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on October 29, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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Nine Tottenham Hotspur’s players were part of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Semifinal in Russia last summer, boosting the team’s chances this season.

Tottenham Hotspur is playing one of its best English Premier League seasons in history.

The team is in the top three of the table and has qualified to the UEFA Champions League Semifinal.

And according to Spurs player Dele Alli, the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia had a big influence on the team, as nine of the team’s footballers played in the Semifinal last summer.

“I think it’s definitely the case that what happened at the World Cup has helped us as a team,” he said to Goal.

“We got a lot of experience from the tournament, in different situations, winning and losing. With that experience, we have begun to show that we are learning and that’s what has happened in the Champions League.”

“Each season we are improving, in both the Premier League and the Champions League. We are heading in the right direction and we have got to keep doing that,” he added.

“When I first came to Spurs, we had a great team, great players but maybe we didn’t have the experience we needed when we got to this point of the season. But, by sticking together and having tasted various experiences, we are just getting better and better.”

He commented: “Of course, we want to challenge for trophies. We’ve had seasons where we have come so close and we should have probably been closer in the Premier League again this season.”

“There were a few poor games at crucial points of the season, but it’s switched around again.”

“We still have to make sure we finish in the top four again, which we should have made much more comfortable than we have,” he added.

“We will have to manage the games coming up, there has to be a strategy. But we are in the semi-finals now, so there is no reason why we can’t believe.”