Tottenham News: Alli happy to handle pressure

12 months ago

In the latest Tottenham news, midfielder Dele Alli insists he can handle any criticism levelled at him ahead of Sunday’s clash with Chelsea.

The north Londoners make the short trip to Stamford Bridge sitting in fourth place in the Premier League standings and are in a battle with the Blues for the coveted fourth Champions League spot on offer.

They are currently five points clear of Antonio Conte’s side and hold all the aces to secure a top-four berth.

However, defeat on Sunday would certainly put the cat among the pigeons at the business end of the season.

Chelsea are 7/5 to win with William Hill while Spurs are on offer at 11/5 in what looks set to be a thrilling encounter in the west of the capital.

Alli will be central to Spurs’ chances of taking all three points but is sure to be targeted by the home faithful while he has also been criticised for his behaviour on the pitch at times.

The England schemer is unconcerned and confessed it is now like water off a duck’s back.

“There are a lot of opinions, people say a lot in the media and online, but I’m numb to it now,” he told Sky Sports.

“Growing up, you have to fight every day, coming into the Premier League, you have to fight for your place in the team and same as an international.”

The 21-year-old has enjoyed another solid season for Mauricio Pochettino’s side and admits that opposition players now give him special treatment after his rise to the top of the game.

“The way people deal with me in games is different; there are a lot more tackles,” he added.

“I found myself in a lot of space last year and now when I get in the box I feel people are a lot more concerned about me, and marking me.”