Tottenham were beaten 3-0 by Red Bull Leipzig to crash out of the Champions League at the Red Bull Arena last night.
A brace from Marcel Sabitzer and a late goal from Emil Forsberg piled on the misery for Tottenham and for Jose Mourinho.
The crushing 4-0 aggregate defeat leaves Spurs facing a real fight to return to European football’s biggest competition next season.
Following the game, Dele Alli took to Instagram to speak of his disappointment at being knocked out.
The 23-year-old has played 35 times in all competitions this season and right now he is one of the team’s most important players.
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Extremely disappointing night. Gutted to be knocked out of the competition we did so well in last year. This one is tough to take but it’s not the time to crumble, we have to re group and focus on the weekend. As always, thank you to the travelling fans – forever grateful for the support ??
Alli has received criticism in recent seasons with Mauricio Pochettino at the helm after the Argentine tried to get him used to a wide role.
Mourinho has come in, however, and utilised him in his natural No.10 position and to begin with his thrived.
Recently, however, injuries have stacked up and of late Alli has been operating as a striker tasked with spearheading the attack.
Alli scored Tottenham’s equalising goal against Burnley on Saturday and Mourinho would desperately love him to add some more goals.
With Harry Kane and Son Heung-min on the treatment table, somebody desperately needs to take on the mantle of firing Spurs up the Premier League.
One thing which the £100,000-a-week star does deserve immense credit for of late is fronting up.
Despite being one of the younger members of the squad, he is constantly facing the media and there’s a real sense that he cares about the club.
Others could do with showing a similar level of commitment as Alli and then Tottenham might arrest their current slump.