LONDON — Dele Alli believes Tottenham are actually amongst Europe’s elite after the Three-1 win over Actual Madrid and says the ultimate step for the membership is to seek out consistency.
Alli scored twice and began the transfer resulting in Christian Eriksen’s third purpose as Spurs secured a spot within the Champions League round-of-16 and inflicted a primary group-stage defeat on Actual since October 2012.
Afterwards, Mauricio Pochettino stated Spurs are actually among the many greatest groups in Europe and Alli echoed his supervisor, saying: “I might prefer to assume so too. As gamers we’re assured in ourselves and we all know how good we’re as a workforce. Nights like tonight present we’re an awesome aspect and it is nearly making it constant now.
“You wish to be enjoying the likes of Actual Madrid and Barcelona and it is essential we do not simply compete in opposition to these groups, however win as properly. I’ve stated all alongside that we’re a high aspect and nights like this present we’re. Everyone seems to be buzzing. We all know how good we’re as a workforce.”
It was Alli’s first Champions League look of the season after a three-match European suspension and he stated he feared for his place within the workforce after Spurs comfortably beat Borussia Dortmund and Apoel Nicosia and drew 1-1 in Madrid with out him.
“It is tough to be on the sidelines watching the workforce. I believed it could be tough to get again into the aspect. I’m comfortable and grateful the supervisor gave me an opportunity, I’m comfortable I might repay with the 2 objectives,” he stated.
“It is horrible while you’re not concerned and also you’re watching the workforce, you simply wish to get on the market and assist and struggle for the workforce. I used to be wanting ahead to coming in, getting again within the workforce and it was an awesome efficiency by everybody at this time. It was good to get the 2 objectives however extra importantly we gained.”
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Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane, the one supervisor to win back-to-back Champions League titles, believes Spurs can win this yr’s competitors, and striker Harry Kane says they must imagine they’re real contenders.
“Positively, why not? We’re not going to get too forward of ourselves however we have got to imagine,” Kane stated. “4 video games in we have certified and we have got a great probability of ending high. I feel everybody doubted us firstly of the group stage however for us, in fact you have to imagine.
“There’s a whole lot of groups that may go on to win it. We have had a incredible marketing campaign to this point however generally it could change round fast so we will not get too forward of ourselves. There’s a whole lot of good groups. In fact Madrid nonetheless seem like they are going to qualify. You’ve got bought all the massive groups — Barca, Juventus, Bayern. It isn’t one thing we are able to take into consideration but. We have simply bought to see the way it goes, see if we are able to end high and go from there.
“Everybody watching that won’t wish to play us. We all know we are able to carry out like that, it is nearly doing it constantly.”
Kane added: “Even within the Premier League it should give us huge perception that we are able to go on and do good issues. Simply in opposition to the larger groups, particularly away from residence. Getting a draw on the Bernabeu was good and we have got to begin doing that within the Premier League in opposition to the top-six sides. In fact profitable the sport in opposition to Liverpool helps. Man United was clearly disappointing for us, however we have got to construct on this, construct on this perception. It exhibits we are able to beat anybody on any day so it is nearly getting that consistency.”
Fernando Llorente, who changed Kane late on, informed beINSports: “To beat Actual Madrid Three-1 is one thing marvellous. You do not win video games likes this day by day. We by no means allowed Actual Madrid to really feel snug and now we have to proceed on this path.
“I am sure this outcome will give us loads of confidence and we have proved that this workforce is able to do stunning issues this season. I anticipated the most effective Actual Madrid, the one of many huge nights however they confronted an awesome workforce at this time. Not day by day they are often on the excessive stage they often are at.
“Due to our good play they regarded misplaced. However you possibly can by no means depart Actual Madrid for useless. I am satisfied they’ll struggle for the highest spot as a result of it is essential.”
Dan is ESPN FC’s Tottenham correspondent. Observe him on Twitter: @Dan_KP.