Mauricio Pochettino confident Dele Alli will be fit for Champions League final
By Joe Shread
Last Updated: 13/05/19 12:53pm
Mauricio Pochettino says he is confident Dele Alli will be fit for the Champions League final, despite the midfielder "feeling strange" during Tottenham's draw against Everton on Sunday.
The 23-year-old started the 2-2 draw at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, but was withdrawn at half-time.
The result confirmed Tottenham's fourth-placed finish in the Premier League, and their focus now turns to the biggest match in the club's history; the Champions League final against Liverpool in Madrid on June 1.
Pochettino believes Alli will be involved at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, saying: "He didn't start in the warm-up, he was feeling strange and then his performance was very poor in the first half because he can't cope with the situation.
"So because of caution, he was out. I think it is not a problem. We need to assess him, but I think he was tired, but for the circumstance again we played with him.
"I think in a normal condition he was for sure not starting the game, but we started with him and, before that problem starts something, at half-time we made the change."
Alli fractured his hand last month, but was pressed into action against Everton due to a number of injuries in Spurs's squad.