Dele Alli has apologised to Tottenham’s supporters after they crashed out of the Champions League following a terrible performance against RB Leipzig on Tuesday evening.
Spurs went into the second leg knowing a 2-0 win would be enough to secure them a place in the quarter finals. However, a first-half brace from Marcel Sabitzer quickly put the tie to bed before the break, before Emil Forsberg added a late third.
In truth, José Mourinho’s hodge-podge of a team never troubled Leipzig and Dele – who played 90 minutes in an unfamiliar centre forward role – offered no excuses for their meek display.
“We have to apologise to the fans. They travelled all this way and to go out and lose like that… They deserve better.”
An honest Dele on Tottenham’s Champions League exit, footballing mentality and fight to salvage their season…
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“After the first one went in it didn’t change much but we conceded too many chances as a team. It’s hard to come back from those two goals. We had to show our maturity and fight and we didn’t do that.”
Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Steven Bergwijn were all absent from the Spurs squad through injury but Dele refused to use that as an excuse for the team’s struggles.
“We can’t use excuses, we still have quality on the pitch. We are missing good players but that happens. And when that happens, this is Tottenham, the players coming in have to step up and we haven’t done that today,” he added.
“We apologise to the fans, they have travelled all this way and to go out and lose like that – they deserve better.
“We have to fight. We can’t be in the position we are in in the league, we can’t hide. This hasn’t been a good season for us. The reality is we are in a bad situation, confidence has gone at the minute.”
Spurs will look to return to winning ways when they host Manchester United on Sunday. Daniel Levy has conceded the club’s budget will be reduced if they do not qualify for next season’s Champions League and, as they currently sit eighth, the next few months are vital.