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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.


Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to stage European Rugby finals in 2021

The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will stage European rugby's showpiece finals in 2021. Credit: PA

The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will stage European rugby's showpiece finals in 2021.

Tournament organisers European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) announced the Heineken Champions Cup and European Challenge Cup finals will take place there on May 21 and 22.

The recently opened 62,000-capacity ground will follow the likes of Newcastle's St James' Park - venue for this weekend's finals - Bilbao and Lyon in staging the showpiece occasions.

Next year's hosts will be Marseille.

Tottenham's successful bid followed a detailed tender process, EPCR said.

It will be the seventh European Cup final to be played in England, and the first to held in London other than at Twickenham.

"We are excited to have been selected to host this prestigious weekend, the pinnacle of European club rugby, in 2021, and to have this opportunity to welcome EPCR and rugby fans from around the world to Tottenham to experience our new home," Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said.

"These games will add to the portfolio of world-class sporting and entertainment events our multi-use venue will stage in this new leisure destination for London."

The stadium features a fully-retractable grass pitch, with an artificial surface underneath which will be used when it hosts NFL games.

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