Monday 23 September 2019

Mauricio Pochettino to warn Alli to be on his best behaviour

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino. Photo: Reuters
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino. Photo: Reuters

Matt Law

Mauricio Pochettino will warn Dele Alli to keep a careful eye on his fingers as he prepares to go face-to-face with referee Clement Turpin for the first time since risking a World Cup ban.

Turpin takes charge of Tottenham's Champions League Group H clash against Borussia Dortmund tonight and Pochettino does not want Alli to take any more chances with the official, having only just returned from a European ban.

Alli was forced to argue that he had not aimed a single-finger gesture at Turpin during England's victory over Slovakia in September.

Had he been found guilty, the 21-year-old almost certainly would have been banned for one or two World Cup group games.

But Fifa accepted Alli's explanation that he had gesticulated at team-mate Kyle Walker and let him off with a one-match suspension and a £3,800 (€4,300) fine.

Alli returned from his European ban for a red card in last season's Europa League in Tottenham's last Champions League victory over Real Madrid, which secured qualification into the knockout stage of the competition. And manager Pochettino does not want to lose him again.

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Asked about the prospect of Alli's meeting with Turpin, Pochettino said: "Thank you for telling me because I didn't know. It's important to be aware. I will tell Dele to be careful if he plays. Always, it's important.

"The referee moves on and I'm sure nothing is in his mind to ban him for that situation. But this is always good to know."


Another who has been involved in recent disciplinary problems is striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who lost his place in the Dortmund team for bad behaviour.

But Peter Bosz, the Dortmund manager, confirmed Aubameyang would start against Tottenham, as the German club attempt to improve on a terrible run of form in which they have lost their last three Bundesliga games.

"Aubameyang will play," said Bosz. "I told him he wouldn't play against Stuttgart and afterwards I talked to him again and the team. Today, he trained with the team and told him he'd play tomorrow.

"I hope there's a reaction. We talked about it and tomorrow is his first game back from the disciplinary action. We talked about it and, from my point of view, it's finished."

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Pochettino confirmed that he would rotate some players tonight, which could mean Harry Kane being given a rest. It also means Danny Rose is in line for a recall after being omitted from the match-day squad at Arsenal on Saturday after suggestions of a fallout between the full-back and his boss.

"I cannot speak about the rumours. If you ask if Danny Rose is here and do we have an issue, I say no. Any issue? No, no issue with him," said Pochettino. (©The Daily Telegraph, London)

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