Mourinho ‘upset’ with Alli over performance against Stoke

Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has revealed he was ‘upset’ with the performance of Dele Alli during their 3-1 victory over Stoke.

The North London side booked their place in the Carabao Cup semi-final after goals from Gareth Bale, Ben Davies and Harry Kane.

Bale put the Premier League side ahead in the 22nd-minute. He headed on a cross from Harry Winks which went past the Stoke keeper.

Jordan Thompson found an equaliser for Stoke in the 53rd-minute, finishing off a quick and effective attack. Midfielder Alli had attempted a flick which ultimately gave Stoke the ball in the buildup.

Ben Davies struck from well outside the box in the 70th-minute to restore Spurs’ lead.

Harry Kane then ensured the victory by scoring a third not long afterwards. He was found by Moussa Sissoko and then fired into the roof of the net.

Alli started the match but was quickly substituted after his mistake. Speaking about Alli, Mourinho said: “For me a player that plays in that position is a player that has to link and create, and not to create problems for his own team.

“In that situation, an objective counter-attack would probably end with a goal, and it ended with a counter-attack behind our defenders.

“We were unbalanced because when you are in possession you have full-backs out wide and another midfielder in a different line. They caught us in a counter-attack and they transformed the result of the game that was totally in our hands. So yes, I am upset.”

Despite scoring in the first half, Bale was substituted for Heung-Min Son. When asked about the substitution, Mourinho said: “It was his decision.

“Something he felt in the last part of the first half and he didn’t want to come out before the second half, so he stayed. While he was walking to the dressing room he told me immediately that he couldn’t come out for the second half.

“Something I think with his calf. I’m not sure as at that time, I just want to reorganise the team and make the change.”

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