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Ray Parlour claims Tottenham may need to bench Dele Alli for Champions League final

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Ray Parlour claims Tottenham may need to bench Dele Alli for Champions League final

Ray Parlour has claimed that Tottenham’s Dele Alli should be the one to make way from the starting XI if Harry Kane is fit enough to return for the Champions League final.

Spurs are currently preparing for a showdown with Liverpool on 1 June in Europe’s elite club competition.

The North London club have a chance to win their first piece of silverware under manager Mauricio Pochettino and on the biggest stage.

Spurs are waiting to see whether star centre-forward Kane will be available to feature in the final, but he’s been out of action since April through injury.

Ex-Arsenal midfielder Parlour has suggested that playmaker Alli would have to make way in the team if Kane can make his comeback in the final.

Attackers Heung-Min Son and Lucas Moura stepped up to help Spurs reach the final, with the latter scoring a stunning hat-trick against Ajax in the second leg of the semi-final.

“He (Pochettino) can’t leave Moura out [of the Champions League final] after he scored a hat-trick,” Parlour told talkSPORT.


“I would feel a little bit hard done by, I’ve just scored a hat-trick away from home to get Tottenham through to the final and you leave him out.

“It would be disgrace if they leave him out because to score a hat-trick in a game as important as it was at Ajax, you can’t leave him out. You have to leave Dele [Alli] out.”

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TBR’s View:

Pochettino’s life will be a lot easier if Kane isn’t available to start against Liverpool, but of course he wants his best players available and the England captain would be a major boost if he’s back in the team.

Moura’s semi-final heroics have helped him write a piece of history at the club, but whether that means he will start the final remains to be seen.

Alli, who earns a £100,000-a-week (Spotrac), has been an ever-present in Pochettino’s team and would be expected to start in the centre of the park.

The 23-year-old would be gutted if he missed out on a place in the XI for the Champions League final.

He is an attacking midfielder that has fallen a little short of his usual standards with just seven games across all competitions this term, but does have a knack of turning up in big games.

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