Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho has told Football London that he doesn’t know if Dele Alli will start against Southampton yet.
Alli was left behind as Tottenham took on Lokomotiv Plovdiv in Bulgaria last night.
The playmaker was also taken off at half-time in Spurs’s opening game of the season, with Mourinho admitting afterwards that the decision was made for tactical reasons.
And when asked whether Alli would be back in his team for this weekend’s game, Mourinho was very much non-committal.
“I don’t know [if he will play on Sunday]. You ask me about Dele, you could ask me about the other seven players we left behind,” he said.
“To be honest I don’t like the number of players I have in my squad, it is very, very difficult to manage in every aspect of my job. Very difficult to manage this situation, too many players. It was Dele plus other seven.
“Can they be back to the squad? Of course they can. It is a case of training [on Friday] and then thinking about the plan, seeing the players that are going to start, see the players we are going to have for balance on the bench.”
Alli faces fiercer competition for his spot in Tottenham’s team now as Giovani Lo Celso has returned.
Lo Celso started for Tottenham in Bulgaria yesterday and was one of their brighter sparks in their 2-1 victory.
Lo Celso has also been one of Mourinho’s most dependable players since his arrival.
Spurs are under pressure to win on Sunday, as they got off to a disappointing start to the season with a defeat against Everton.
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