English Premiership

Alli: Spurs need to work hard to catch City

2018-04-17 11:56
Dele Alli (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli admits the north London club have a long way to go to reach the level of Premier League champions Manchester City.

City secured the title at the weekend after second-placed Manchester United lost to West Brom.

They have dominated the league this season and sit a staggering 16 points above United with five games left.

Spurs are in fourth position in the standings, 20 points adrift of City, and Alli has spoken of how challenging it will be to try and close the gap on Pep Guardiola's charges next season.

"They're an unbelievable side, they've got great talent and they've won a lot of games," Alli told Sky Sports News. "You can learn a lot, we have to keep working hard.

"Everyone is going to want to keep improving, it's been a very tough year this year, a lot of teams have improved and the Premier League is never easy. We have to keep fighting.

"They (City) move the ball really quickly, great movement all over the pitch."

Meanwhile, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is not worried about the prospect of Manchester City spending big again to continue their dominance in the Premier League.

Pochettino has not had the same luxuries at Spurs, but is adamant his team will remain competitive in the new season.

Alli believes that Spurs are definitely heading in the right direction since the Argentinian took over the managerial position in  2014.

"I hope we're not too far," he said.

"We've got a great team, an unbelievable manager. We're definitely heading in the right direction.

"It's not up to me what we need to do to make the next step. As players all we can do is work hard every day and make sure we're ready for the team."

This weekend Spurs will welcome Jose Mourinho's depleted Red Devils to Wembley Stadium for a FA Cup semi-final clash.

The match is set to take place on Saturday at 18:15.


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