Tottenham Hotspur’s Dele Alli on Controlling His Aggression

Tom Roddy
Tottenham Hotspur’s Dele Alli on Controlling His Aggression

Tottenham Hotspur’s Dele Alli has insisted he will not remove aggression from his style of play but is making a conscious effort to address how he reacts on the pitch.

Alli was sent off during Spurs’ 2-2 draw with Gent last month, a result that saw the club eliminated from the Europa League, and is known for having a fiery side.

The 20-year-old is repentant over the incident at Wembley Stadium but believes his bullish approach is what defines him as a player.

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“There’s been a lot of say about me and my aggression but to be honest with you it’s not something I’m going to look to change,” he said. “[I need to] maybe play with the aggression but how I react in different situations is something I want to improve. I have been working on that and hopefully people can see that.”

He added: “That’s the player I am: I have always been like that since I was younger. It’s about getting it under control and I think I have been doing that.”

Alli featured in both England matches during the international break, a win over Lithuania in a World Cup qualifier followed defeat to Germany in a friendly.

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Now, Alli will link back up with Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs’ team as it prepares to establish itself in the Premier League top-four over the final 10 games of the season.

Spurs travels to Burnley on Saturday, 10 points off leader Chelsea.

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