Mourinho 'felt very bad' for leaving Dele Alli out of win at Burnley

‘This is the life of a big club’: Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho admits he ‘felt very bad’ for having to leave the struggling Dele Alli out of win at Burnley… but says he’ll get a chance to prove his worth in the Europa League

  • Dele Alli was not part of Tottenham’s squad for their Monday night win at Burnley
  • Jose Mourinho said he felt bad for Alli, but it’s his job to make difficult decisions
  • Tottenham boss assured Alli he would play in the Europa League on Thursday 

Jose Mourinho has admitted he has sympathy for Dele Alli after the out-of-sorts Tottenham star was left out of his squad for Monday night’s victory at Burnley.

Alli has fallen out of favour under Mourinho, starting just two of Tottenham’s 11 fixtures all season, and is currently enduring the most challenging period of his career.

Mourinho insisted he takes no pleasure from leaving players out but understands that making difficult decisions is part and parcel of ‘life at a big club’.

Jose Mourinho admitted he felt ‘very bad’ for leaving Dele Alli out of their win at Burnley

Alli, who played just two games this season, is set to feature in the Europa League on Thursday

The Spurs boss has however assured Alli, Davinson Sanchez and Harry Winks – who were also not part of Mourinho’s squad at Turf Moor – will get their opportunities to prove their worth in Thursday’s Europa League trip to Antwerp. 

Speaking after the 1-0 victory at Burnley, Mourinho said: ‘I feel very bad we did. I feel even sad every time I have to write a list of players selected for a game. It’s not just about Dele.

‘If the players understand that on Thursday we have another match and that some people that didn’t play here, they are going to play on Thursday and vice-versa.

‘This is the life of a big club. This is the life that I know from my time at Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Chelsea. The boys have to be ready.’

Son Heung-Min scored in the 76th minute to seal victory against a stubborn Burnley side

Son celebrated with Harry Kane, who set up his goal, after their narrow win at Turf Moor

Mourinho revealed he took no chances with Steven Bergwijn and Serge Aurier, both of whom were sidelined by niggles as Son Heung-min took his tally in the Premier League this season to eight goals in the victory over the Clarets.

‘Winks and Davinson were in the stands, Dele stayed at home, Bergwijn had a little injury, Aurier had a little injury,’ Mourinho added. ‘It is the kind of squad where little injuries, we don’t need to risks.

‘The squad is very good, it is very strong and every match if it’s not Dele the next match will be another one and the next match will be another one.

‘I have to admit it hurts me because they deserve more but this is the life of a top squad.’ 

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