Should Dele Alli be dropped off for the Champions League final against Liverpool? Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has made a huge choice with the return of Harry Kane in Madrid
- Glimpses of brilliance have been few between Dele Alli this year
- Mauricio Pochettino has a headache selection on his hands for the final
- One of them, Son Heung-min or Lucas Moura, could make way for Harry Kane
After the semi-final defeat of Tottenham & # 39; s Champions League by Ajax in the first match, Ruud did not stop Gullit in his assessment of Dele Alli's performance.
& # 39; Oh my god, & # 39; said the Dutchman be in sports. & # 39; Technically wise, so bad. & # 39;
In the way back, Alli went a long way by releasing himself. He set up two of Lucas Moura's three goals in Amsterdam, including his last sob winner.
The glare of Dele Alli was very little for Tottenham this season
Dele Alli & # 39; s percentage involvement in Tottenham goals
2015-16 – 27.54 (10 goals, 9 assists)
2016-17 – 29.07 (18 goals, 7 assist)
2017-18 – 25.68 (9 goals, 10 assists)
2018-19 – 11.94 (5 goals, 3 assists)
It was a ballistic movement in the path of Moura that Spurs saw his place secure in the final.
Many players would not even have dared to try such a pass in the given circumstances.
After all, it was the 96th minute and Tottenham was staring at a European exit. Alli did not do it alone, the 23-year-old did it to perfection.
But this season, those glimpses of sparkle were few in between.
While Alli was involved in 25.68 percent of Spurs & # 39; goals in 2017-18 and 29.07 percent in 2016-17, he was involved in only 11.94 percent of this campaign.
Mauricio Pochettino talked this week about how Harry Kane won his race to be ready for the final, forcing the manager to make a decision.
With Alli & # 39; s flick, Lucas Moura was able to achieve a final win against Ajax in the semi-final
Moura scored a second half of the hat trick in Amsterdam to drive Spurs to the final in Madrid
MINUTES PER PURPOSE
2015-16 – 248
2016-17 – 169
2017-18 – 330
2018-19 – 367
Who makes room? He could drop Moura, but what about his semi-final heroics? The Brazilian is the reason that they are in the first place in the flagship of Europe & # 39; s elite competition.
Pochettino was able to drop Son Heung-min, but the South Korean has 20 goals this season. He has proven himself to be a consistent competition winner in 2018-19.
Talked last week talkSPORT, Ray Parlor has done its say. He argued that it was a & # 39; shame & # 39; would be to drop Moura and it had to be Alli who made way for Kane.
It is a selection problem that Pochettino must solve prior to the biggest collision in his career.
He was also able to drop Alli deeper into midfield, but then the names of Christian Eriksen and Moussa Sissoko, Spurs' most improved player this season, were hit. Would one of them have to miss it?
Mauricio Pochettino faces a headache selection for the finale of the flagship against Liverpool
Harry Kane is fit again for the Champions League final in the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid
In the past Alli looked inviolable, but that aura has slipped a bit. He remains a player capable of producing excellent moments, although not so often lately.
OPPORTUNITIES CREATED PER 90
2015-16 – 2.00
2016-17 – 1.54
2017-18 – 1.94
2018-19 – 1.33
England's international has not yet scored in the Champions League this season. In the Premier League, he calculated a goal every 367 minutes.
If all goes well, even if Kane has not played for two months and this is a match against a fast paced team like Liverpool, the striker is a must-starter.
Moura could act as an impact sub, although that would require a heartless twist from Pochettino's ax. Son, another whose pace could hurt Liverpool, will no doubt believe that dropping him would be tough. The same applies to Eriksen.
This is one of the greatest games in Tottenham's history, certainly their most memorable among this manager. Kane should start, but who will be sacrificed?
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