‘I think he’s showing him who’s boss’: Peter Crouch says Jose Mourinho has dropped Dele Alli for Chelsea game as a ‘comeuppance’ following Tottenham star’s angry reaction to being hauled off in the Champions League
- Dele Alli was furious after being substituted against RB Leipzig on Wednesday
- After throwing his water bottle in anger, he then slammed his boots on the floor
- Mourinho has dropped Alli to the bench for Tottenham’s game against Chelsea
Alli was hauled off after 64 minutes during a disappointing 1-0 home defeat to RB Leipzig on Wednesday, with the England international throwing his water bottle in anger and slamming his boots on the floor.
The 23-year-old has now been left on the bench by Mourinho for his sides’ crucial clash against Chelsea as both teams seek Champions League qualification.
Dele Alli has been dropped by Jose Mourinho for Tottenham’s crucial game against Chelsea
It comes after Alli’s angry reaction to being substituted against RB Leipzig on Wednesday
This comes despite Tottenham’s lack of available attacking players with key men Harry Kane and Son Heung-min both out due to injury.
‘I think he’s showing him who’s boss to be honest,’ Crouch told BT Sport during the pre-match coverage.
‘I think to react like that there has to be a comeuppance and I think that Mourinho’s comments after the game saying they improved when he went off and we’re at the game that was the case.
‘Lamela and Ndombele were class when they came on.’
Mourinho said Spurs ‘improved’ after Alli was substituted during the game with RB Leipzig
Fellow BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand added: ‘Some managers would say ‘I like to see that emotion and that pride and disappointment in being brought off.’
‘Obviously Jose Mourinho on the other hand is saying ‘I’m not gonna have that being done when you’re brought off. You’re gonna act accordingly and you’re gonna see why while watching from the bench.’
When quizzed before the game, Mourinho refused to clarify why Alli had been dropped from the starting eleven.
Peter Crouch says Alli was dropped as a ‘comeuppance’ to his negative midweek reaction
‘I am not sure you ask every manager in the Premier League when some player stays out you ask the same question,’ he told BT Sport.
‘It looks to me like it is normal for other managers to leave out any player that wants and with me I make a decision of this type, it is also a big story around them so I would prefer not to answer.’