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Mauricio Pochettino: 'Dele Alli an easy target for abuse'

Pochettino: 'Dele Alli an easy target'
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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino feels that Dele Alli has become "an easy target", amid fresh diving claims in the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.

Mauricio Pochettino has once again attempted to defend Dele Alli after the midfielder was accused of trying to con the officials in Tottenham Hotspur's 1-0 win at Crystal Palace.

The 21-year-old went down inside the penalty box under minimal contact from opposition keeper Wayne Hennessey and also wanted a spot kick after being challenged by Patrick van Aanholt.

Alli was labelled a diver by a number of former pros on social media, including both Alan Shearer and Gary Lineker, but Spurs boss Pochettino feels that the Englishman has built up an undeserved reputation.

"He is an easy target for everyone. We need to stop saying too much about him to stop helping people, the fans, creating this reputation," he told reporters at full time.

"He's so competitive and played very well but Dele is an easy target. Dele is such a special kid. He's going to play. He's going to show his quality. He won't worry what people are saying about him."

Tottenham earned the three points that lifted them into fourth place thanks to a late goal from leading scorer Harry Kane.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1714303773045
2Manchester CityMan City17142148103844
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs17130431161539
4Chelsea17114235142137
5Arsenal17104337231434
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd177552929026
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves177461919025
8Everton176652422224
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham177372525024
10Watford177372325-224
11Bournemouth177282528-323
12Leicester CityLeicester176472121022
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton176382024-421
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle174491422-816
15Crystal Palace1743101423-915
16Cardiff CityCardiff1742111733-1614
17Southampton172691632-1612
18Burnley1733111533-1812
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1724111028-1810
20Fulham1723121642-269

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