Dele Alli – ‘I Am Feeling Good Now’February 3, 2020
Dele Alli insists he is his own biggest critic, but says he is feeling good now at Tottenham under Jose Mourinho.
Alli has six goals and two assists since Mourinho arrived in November following the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino, and has seen an improvement in his all-round game.
The 23-year-old burst onto the scene as a teenager at Tottenham in 2015, and though his performances have fluctuated in recent years, Alli insists he’s learning more about life and football, and is in a good place at present.
Speaking exclusively to Patrick Davison, Alli said: “I have been working a lot in the gym, to try and get back to a higher level, not just my previous level. I’m feeling good now.
“It’s been steady growth again. I am always trying to get better, and if I had a bad game, you can ask my friends, I’m the first person to know. And if I’m not playing well, I know. I’m not somebody to try and hide from it.
“I know myself when I’m not playing well. I expect a lot from myself, so I don’t think anybody would expect more for me than what I do.
“The more mature I’m getting, the more I’m playing, and learning not just about football but about life.
“It’s nice to be praised, but the same people can be waiting to shoot you down. So you keep working hard, and listen to the right people. Whoever you choose to listen to is the main thing; the manager, players, team-mates and people around the club, their opinion is important.
“I think I can always do better. I’ve played well in some games, and in others I know I haven’t played good enough.”