By Andrew Cawthorne
STOKE-ON-TRENT, England – Tottenham Hotspur supervisor Jose Mourinho scolded out-of-favour midfielder Dele Alli on Wednesday for a failed flick that misplaced his workforce possession and gave Stoke an equaliser in a League Cup quarter-final the Premier League facet ultimately gained 3-1.
“They got us in counter-attack. So yes, I was upset,” Mourinho mentioned, after handing Alli a uncommon begin for the sport in opposition to second-tier Stoke.
Alli missed a number of probabilities to attain, earlier than dropping possession and permitting Stoke a uncommon counter-attack for Jordan Thompson to make the rating 1-1 in a sport the Premier League facet had dominated till then.
“For me, a player who plays in that position is a player that has to link, that has to create, not cause problems for his own team,” Mourinho mentioned of Alli.
“First half we were solid. They didn’t touch the ball, or have a shot, or have a corner. Instead of killing the game, we kill ourselves.”
Mourinho appeared to admonish Alli as he substituted him quickly after Stoke’s second half goal, with TV footage apparently displaying him saying: “Your flick has cost us that goal.”
Spurs recovered with targets from Ben Davies and Harry Kane so as to add to Gareth Bale’s opener for an ultimately snug passage into the semi-finals of a contest Mourinho has already gained 4 occasions earlier than.
Bale, the previous Tottenham participant again on mortgage from Real Madrid, scored a neat header early within the sport and was an influential presence, however didn’t return for the second half.
“It was his decision, something he felt,” Mourinho mentioned.
“While he was walking to the dressing room, he told me he couldn’t come for the second half … something in his calf, I think.”
Despite his earlier triumphs within the League Cup with Chelsea thrice and Manchester United as soon as, Mourinho was cautious on the potential of his first silverware at Tottenham.
“To win this trophy, we need to win two matches, but of course two very difficult matches,” he mentioned.
Manchester City and second-tier Brentford are via already to the semis, with Everton and Manchester United competing for the fourth spot additionally on Wednesday.
“The teams that are going to be there are very difficult. Man City are very difficult, Brentford for me, the way they play, they are not Championship, they are Premier League. Everton and Manchester United are top teams too,” mentioned Mourinho.