Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has come to the defense of the his young teammate Dele Alli and believes that he has been unfairly criticized, in the same manner as Paul Pogba
The England international scored a brace in the second-half to seal an important 3-1 win over Chelsea as Tottenham look to seal Champions League qualification for a third consecutive season.
But before then, Alli had found himself under an unpleasant wave of criticism by sections of the British press with England coach Gareth Southgate having suggested that the midfielder needs to grow up.
But Lloris has liken Alli’s situation to that of his French international teammate Pogba, who has been under constant scrutiny by the press this season.
“It is not easy for them [Alli and Pogba] because you need to give time to them to get to the right age, to be mature,” Lloris told I newspaper (via ESPN).
“But I think [Alli] has done so well for us, [the criticism] is a bit unfair. To see or to hear criticism, he is so talented — there is a lot of expectation and obviously in football today it is normal that things like that happen. But he stays calm and stays good in his mind.”
After two excellent campaigns with Spurs, Alli has struggled to replicate his solid performances this season. But the 21 year-old did provide a critical contribution with his brace on Sunday and Lloris is confident that he will finish the season well.
“He is human,” Lloris added. “You can always have some doubt in a difficult time but I don’t think it is a difficult time for him. He didn’t play [for England] and he came back to training with a big willingness to show his quality and I think he is ready to finish this season strong.”
The Spurs captain is hopeful of a bright future at the club with a new stadium for next season and being on the verge of securing their Champions League status for next season. Mauricio Pochettino’s side also face a FA Semi-final clash against Manchester United this month to look forward to.
“[The Premier League] is the most competitive league in the world and there are a lot of great teams and we’ve reduced the gap to them and that is the main thing,” Lloris said.
“Tottenham has to stay at this level at least. With the new stadium something big is waiting for us and we cannot see this future without the Champions League.”