Struggling Tottenham star Dele Alli has revealed that he has had “sleepless nights” following his side’s humiliating North London derby defeat to Arsenal.
The Gunners were rampant at the Emirates Stadium last weekend, racing into a 3-0 lead inside the first 35 minutes, though Heung-Min Son did net a late consolation for the visitors.
Alli has endured a challenging few seasons recently, but had appeared to carve out a place in Nuno Espirito Santo’s plans having started all six of Spurs’ opening Premier League games.
But those hopes came crashing down at the Emirates last Sunday, when Alli was hauled off at half-time, with Nuno going on to state certain players had not carried out his game plan.
Alli was also subbed off before the hour mark in the Europa Conference League win over NS Mura, a match he started as captain.
The midfielder had also scored a penalty in that game and admitted that his early exit against Arsenal had left him struggling for sleep.
“Last weekend I am sure the fans felt it a lot, but believe me the players felt it a lot more. We were devastated,” Alli said.
“For me personally being subbed at half time as well, a couple of sleepless nights, but we know what we have to do.
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“We went through a period where it was important that we all stayed together, the fans and the players, with the coach.”
Despite being hauled off in both of the last two games, with Tottenham now winless in three successive league outings, Alli insisted he still believed in Nuno’s plan for the club.
“We are building and working, the transition from last season,” he said.
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“If anyone thought it was going to be magical and someone clicks their fingers and it all slots into place straight away, that’s not the way it works.
“It’s a process and we believe in it. We are seeing things we are happy with and not happy with. We are trying to improve. Some things take time. Hopefully not too much time, we know that.”
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