English Premiership

Pochettino: Alli little bit naughty

2016-01-19 16:30
Dele Alli (Getty Images)

London - Tottenham Hotspur teenager Dele Alli is a "little bit naughty" but will learn from his mistakes if he is treated like a son, manager Mauricio Pochettino said after the midfielder's clash with Sunderland full-back Patrick van Aanholt.

The 19-year-old, who signed a contract extension at Spurs last week until 2021, appeared to intentionally throw the ball into Van Aanholt's face during Saturday's 4-1 Premier League victory over the Black Cats.

Alli has been a key player for Spurs this season, having scored six times in 28 appearances in all competitions, and he made his England debut last year.

"I didn't see it, this is the truth. He's very young, he needs to learn a lot. It's a little bit naughty... I like how he is because you need to be a little bit naughty when you play football," Pochettino told British media.

"He's young and we need to accept that he needs to learn in a professional side. Sometimes you need to be hard with him, sometimes you need to be friendly and give love. It's like your son."

Tottenham, who are fourth in the table, travel to eighth-placed Crystal Palace on Saturday.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

Quiz: Test your Rio Olympics memory!

Think you know what went on at the Rio Olympics? Prove it by tackling Sport24's ridiculously impossible yet highly addictive post-Games quiz!

 
 

Rio Olympics

GALLERY: SA's Rio Olympic medallists
As it happened: Rio Olympics - Day 17
Selecting 6 numbers turned Britain into Olympic superpower
Caster cranks up the heat in Rio semi
Fixtures
10 September 2016
Manchester United v Manchester City, Old Trafford 13:30
Stoke City v Tottenham Hotspur, Britannia Stadium 16:00
Arsenal v Southampton, Emirates Stadium 16:00
West Ham United v Watford, Olympic Stadium 16:00
Middlesbrough v Crystal Palace, Riverside Stadium 16:00
Burnley v Hull City, Turf Moor 16:00
Bournemouth v West Bromwich Albion, Vitality Stadium 16:00
Liverpool v Leicester City, Anfield 18:30
11 September 2016
Swansea City v Chelsea, Liberty Stadium 17:00
12 September 2016
Sunderland v Everton, Stadium of Light 21:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Will Jose Mourinho lead Manchester United to the English Premiership title in 2016/17?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

Follow all the action from the 2016 Rio Olympics. The highs, the lows, the tears, the smiles as the world's greatest athletes compete for gold, silver and bronze.

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.