Pochettino thinks his player Dele Alli is slowly getting back to his form, saying “it’s coming, like winter is coming”
Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham’s midfielder will be ready to go against Real Madrid in Wednesday’s Champions League clash.
The Tottenham manager says Dele Alli will be in good shape and slowly back to his good performances.
According to Sky Sports, England midfielder Alli is poised to make his first Champions League appearance of the season, having missed the first three due to suspension.
Even though the 21-year-old has been struggling on the pitch, Pochettino isn’t worried at all and thinks returning to the Champions League will be a major boost for Alli.
“Sometimes he had to stay at the training ground, alone, training. It was not easy for anyone. Maybe he was affected a little bit about that,” says Pochettino.
The coach said Alli’s getting back to the form that made him Tottenham’s key midfielder: “His internal motivation is higher now, to try to compete at his best level. We’re very happy with his performances, he’s increasing his level.”
Pochettino seems like he has the utmost faith in his young magician:
“I’m not worried about him. It’s true, he’s disappointed too that he’s not at his best. But it’s coming, like the winter is coming.”
Real Madrid will play without three of their key players due to injuries: Gareth Bale, Keylor Navas and Raphael Varane will be out for the clash at Wembley.
However, Pochettino isn’t taking anything for granted and says they don’t care about Real’s poor performance against Girona.
“We’re not going to watch anything related to Girona. We only analyse the Champions League games, and 15 days ago when we play against them,” he said.
The coach said it would be a mistake to judge Los Blancos based on their mistakes during the weekend’s La Liga match.
“I think Real Madrid have the capacity and quality to change completely in two days.”
Pochettino tried to motivate his players, saying he believes they can defeat Zinedine Zidane’s side: “I have the belief we can win. I have faith in my players.”
The manager thinks the key to beating Real is the mentality of the team. He says going out on the pitch hustling, being hungry for a win is the way to go.
“It’s not about training harder or running more. The last step is mental for us as a club and it’s about working hard to change everything in the future.”