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Dele Alli insists Spurs aren’t “panicking” over poor form

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 14:48, 20 October 2019

Dele Alli says Tottenham Hotspur are not “panicking” following their 1-1 draw against Watford.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men rescued a point at home after Alli cancelled out Abdoulaye Doucouré’s opener four minutes from time.

Spurs’ malaise: Five key things to know…

  • Spurs went into their game against Watford having won three of their opening 11 games in all competitions.
  • Doucouré gave the visitors a sixth-minute lead before Alli cancelled it out four minutes from time.
  • It means Spurs have failed to win any of their last three matches, which included a 7-2 loss against Bayern Munich.
  • Pressure is mounting on Spurs boss Pochettino whose very future has come under question.
  • Alli, though, says Spurs are not “panicking”, believing better days are ahead.

However, the result extended their winless streak in all competitions to three games, and leaving them with just three wins from their opening 12 matches. Spurs, after nine Premier League outings, find themselves in seventh and five points off the Champions League places.

Among those poor results was a humbling 7-2 loss to Bayern Munich which accelerated pressure on Pochettino’s shoulders, leading many to believe his tenure in north London was drawing to an end.

Snatching a draw from the jaws of defeat against Watford might have ended their mini losing streak, but it still added more question marks, although Alli is refusing to buy into the narrative that Spurs are feeling anxious.

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“It’s a point, but we need to win these games. We know that as a team and we’re disappointed. We dominated the game. They didn’t make it easy for us, but this is the Premier League and no-one will just let you have the win,” he told the club’s official website.

“We know where we have to improve, there were times in the game where it wasn’t good enough but I don’t think you could question the effort, we worked hard, it’s just one of those things, we have to stay together and keep working hard on the training field.

“We’re not panicking, we know the quality we have in this team and we believe in ourselves, we believe in the coaching staff and we are working hard every day. We just have to make sure we show our character to get out of this tough patch we’re in.

“Everyone’s had it before, this is our first time, maybe it might look strange to people because they are used to us winning games all the time but this is where we have to show our character, our mentality and pull together as a team and as a club and then it’s only a matter of time.”