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Spurs' Mauricio Pochettino: Expectations for Dele Alli too high

Spurs' Mauricio Pochettino: Expectations for Dele Alli too high

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has suggested that expectations are now too high regarding the development of Dele Alli.

England now only have two more games until the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation starts with friendlies against Nigeria and Costa Rica in early June.

But Pochettino again backed Alli, who has been the PFA Young Player of the Year the past two seasons.

"We are going to help him because he is a talented player and a great kid". It's a lot of pressure on his shoulders and not always can he act how the people and the society expect.

But Pochettino said Alli, who was nursing a slight groin problem during the global window, would get all the support he needed to achieve his goals.

"We are going to help him because he is a talented player and a great kid".

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Lingard scored a sensational solo goal to seal a 4-2 win for Man United away from home against Watford in late November 2017, and has only increased in importance since. "And he has done a lot for us and the club".

"This season the expectation was massive, maybe too high".

The youngster is now back with Tottenham and if he is looking to prove Southgate wrong, then that could greatly help the North London team as they prepare for a race for Champions League qualification and an FA Cup semi-final with Manchester United.

Tottenham, now fourth in the league, are hoping to extend their five-point advantage over fifth-placed Chelsea when the teams meet at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

"It's not about his body, it's about his brain, " the Argentine added. For every player there are tough moments and in those situations the most important thing from my side is to support Dele - but not be amusing with him or nice. "He's so determined, so positive".