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Pochettino confident over Alli's Champions League fitness

Alli has three weeks to prove his fitness for the Champions League final against Liverpool. Credit: PA

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino does not think Dele Alli is in danger of missing the Champions League final despite being substituted against Everton.

The England international was brought off at half-time during the final Premier League game of the season, but Pochettino says it was just a precaution.

With injuries decimating Spurs' squad in midfield and attack, Alli has been made to play every game in recent weeks and has looked leggy at times.

Alli, who will now have two days off to rest, will be assessed as preparations for the biggest game in the club's history against Liverpool on June 1 begin in earnest.

Pochettino said: "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."

The 2-2 draw against the Toffees ensured a fourth consecutive top-four Premier League finish and a third successive year finishing above Arsenal in the table.

Dele Alli: 'Sterling criticism is the worst I've seen'

Alli and Sterling have struck up a good understanding on the pitch for England. Credit: PA

Dele Alli has described criticism directed at Raheem Sterling as the worst he has seen.

The Manchester City forward was singled out in particular for his performances at Euro 2016 as England crashed out to Iceland in the last 16.

Tottenham playmaker Alli told the OTRO app: "The worst I've ever seen is Raheem at the Euros. He is honestly one of the best people you could meet in terms of how he's dealt with everything.

"That was my first major tournament and Raheem's a year older than me. I don't know how I would have handled all the heat that they were putting on him.

"Raheem was playing first team a lot sooner than I was and was a much bigger name before I started coming onto the scene.

"I already had this picture of him from what I'd seen and when you meet him he's one of the nicest people I've ever worked with and he's so focused and dedicated. But you hear and read all this s**t about him."

Having faced consistent media criticism over a number of areas of his life, Sterling has recently been praised for taking the lead in calling out racism and is one of the hot favourites to be named player of the season.


Alli resumes training for Spurs

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Tottenham should have Harry Winks and Eric Dier back for the Champions League last-16 second leg at Borussia Dortmund.

Winks missed the north London derby with a hip injury while Dier has been laid low for a number of weeks with tonsillitis.

Dele Alli is back in training but is not thought to have travelled with the squad as Spurs hold a 3-0 lead from the first leg.

Ahead of the second-leg clash, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said: "We want to go to the next round in a very important competition like the Champions League.

"We all agree that we need to perform in the best way, it will be a tough game, very difficult."

On the availability of Winks and Dier, Pochettino added: "We need to assess both. They are here because we need one day more to assess if they can take part.

"Dier has been a long time out, maybe he can be on the bench, I don't believe he can start, Harry Winks the same."


Dele Alli fit for Tottenham's clash with Manchester City

Dele Alli has recovered from his hamstring injury in time to face Manchester City on Monday. Credit: PA

Dele Alli has recovered from his hamstring injury in time to face Manchester City on Monday.

The Tottenham midfielder has missed the last four games with the problem, but is back in the fold.

Danny Rose (groin) and Jan Vertonghen (hamstring) continue to receive treatment and will miss the Wembley clash.

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