Dele Alli says Tottenham must use the pain of losing the Champions League final to improve this season.
The midfielder admits various injuries contributed to his own personal “difficult season” but insists he and Spurs can do better in 2019/20.
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When fit, Alli played some of the best football of his career last term, providing two assists in Tottenham’s famous victory over Ajax in the Champions League semi-finals.
But like many of his teammates, the 23-year-old struggled in the final, appearing to succumb to a campaign full of niggling injuries.
Yet Alli believes a lack of negative thinking has served him well going into a new season.
“It was a difficult season for me and it was probably the most injuries I’ve ever had,” Alli said.
“It’s tough mentally as well as physically not playing and sitting on the sidelines when you want to be out there, helping the team.
“But you’ve got to move forward and try not to think about it too negatively.
“I’ve used the time to work on the things that weren’t quite right, keep building and come back stronger.
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“I feel like I’ve done that. I’ve got to keep working on those things throughout the season. I feel like I used the time well.”
The former MK Dons starlet also suggested Tottenham can use the last month’s defeat to Liverpool as motivation for an improved campaign.
He added: “It was obviously a great campaign but reaching the Champions League final and losing it is heartbreaking.
“But we’ve got to try to use it as an advantage – taking the positives from it and driving us on this season.
“We’ve got a young squad, who’ve been together a little while with the manager and we’re showing we’re heading in the right direction.”