Mauricio Pochettino: Dele Alli could play in goal if he wanted to

Mauricio Pochettino: Dele Alli could play in goal if he wanted to

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino claims Dele Alli could play as a goalkeeper, such is the player’s quality and smarts.

Alli scored a penalty in a well rounded performance, which helped Spurs to another win, this time a 2-1 triumph over Southampton. Three points keeps them in second, on the heals of Chelsea.

Pochettino heaped praise on Alli, declaring “anything is possible” for him.

“I watched him when he was 18 years old at Milton Keynes as a holding midfielder against Manchester United (in the League Cup in 2014 – MK Dons won 4-0),” Pochettino said.

“He always surprises me. Maybe one day he plays as a goalkeeper, full-back or centre-back.

“Dele Alli can always surprise you. He has an unbelievable personality and character.

“Anything is possible for him.”

Meanwhile, Saints boss Claude Puel was left fuming about that spot kick, which put his team 2-0 down before half time.

The Frenchman criticised referee Andre Marriner, accusing him of lacking consistency.

Referring to an earlier officiating decision, Puel declared he could not spot a difference between it and the penalty.

“If the referee gives a penalty for the first then he needed to give penalty for us,” he said.

“I cannot see the difference.”

Defeat leaves Southampton propping up the top 10.

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