Dele Alli told BT Sport after the FA Cup win over Southampton that he feels Tottenham Hotspur deserve to win a trophy after being one of the best teams in the world in recent years, and Arsenal icon Lee Dixon has questioned the England midfielder.
Spurs progressed into the fifth round of the FA Cup where they will face Norwich City at home, thanks to a late 3-2 win over Southampton during Wednesday night’s replay. Jose Mourinho admitted the best side lost the game after the full-time whistle.
Tottenham took the lead after Tanguy Ndombele’s strike was deflected past Angus Gunn into the net by Jack Stephens. Shane Long equalised, tapping home after Nathan Redmond’s effort was saved by Hugo Lloris.
Danny Ings put Saints ahead after a quick counter, but Spurs roared back – scoring through Lucas Moura in some style, before a lovely ball from Alli saw Son Heung-min win a penalty off Angus Gunn. Son dusted himself off to win the tie on 87 minutes.
Alli claimed after the match: “We’ve come so close to winning a trophy. We’ve shown that we aren’t just one of the best teams in England, but one of the best in the world. We deserve a trophy, but we have to keep fighting. No-one is going to give us that.”
Dixon responded, questioning £5million signing (BBC) Alli’s claim that Spurs have shown they are one of the best on the globe.
Sorry did I just hear correctly. Deli Ali said they have been one of the best teams in the world in recent years?
— Lee Dixon (@LeeDixon2) February 5, 2020
TBR’s view – Have Spurs been one of the best in the world?
Certainly, reaching last season’s Champions League final is a huge plus in backing Alli’s claim. Spurs have also came close to winning a Premier League title under Mauricio Pochettino, and played some of the best football English fans have seen.
The likes of Alli, Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and plenty more will be desperate to win a trophy after so many years of near misses – and the FA Cup boasts an excellent opportunity.
But whether Alli is right in saying Spurs have been one of the best on the globe, is questionable. At their best, perhaps – but their best has not come along consistently enough.