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Pochettino Delighted For Alli On MK Return

Pochettino Delighted For Alli On MK Return

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino was happy to see Dele Alli have a night to remember on his Milton Keynes return.

Alli, who was born in the town and joined Spurs from MK Dons, scored the winning penalty as his side beat Watford 4-2 in a shootout in the Carabao Cup after it ended 2-2 after 90 minutes at Stadium MK.

The England international, captain for the night, also scored from the spot in normal time to ensure a dream homecoming.

Watford had taken the lead 39 seconds into the second half through Isaac Success, but Alli and then Erik Lamela struck in the space of four minutes near the end to put Spurs in front.

Etienne Capoue’s late deflected effort sent it to penalties, where Alli had the decisive say.

“It is so exciting for him,” Pochettino said of Alli. “I gave him the armband because it was so exciting for him to play here in his home town.

“It is difficult for him to have another possibility to play here again in the future in his career and I wanted to provide him a very good feeling.

“I hope he appreciates a lot my gesture.

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“He was inspired by the occasion, to play here he was so excited, the energy in the previous day was amazing.
“We can feel here the love that the people feel for him and that was fantastic for us.

“For him it is an experience he will remember for all of his life. To be Tottenham captain and score is a fantastic night for him.”

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