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Mauricio Pochettino Defends ‘Easy Target’ Dele Alli as Diving Controversy Reignites in Palace Win

Mauricio Pochettino has hit out at these viewing Dele Alli as an ‘straightforward goal’ in a diving debate after the England man was booed off the pitch by Crystal Palace followers on Sunday afternoon. 

Alli was concerned in a confrontation with Palace’s Patrick van Aanholt in a match which noticed him go down beneath stress from Wayne Hennessey within the field; though no penalty was given. 

Talking to the media after the sport, Pochettino mentioned: ​“He is a straightforward goal for everybody, Dele. He is a straightforward goal and I believe Roy Hodgson was very effectively in his press convention earlier to the sport, and I believe we have to cease considering a lot about him, about methods to assist the individuals, the followers to create this status. 

“His sport, he performs like this and naturally he is so aggressive, however I believe that as a result of he has the main focus there are totally different gamers who’re worse than him and nothing occurs as a result of I believe Dele is a straightforward goal.”

Pressed on whether or not he believed Alli ought to have received a penalty within the incident at Selhurst Park, he added: “I did not see the motion, so I can not say he was or was not fouled.

“No, [it won’t affect his confidence]. Dele is so particular, he’s going to play and he will present his high quality. He isn’t apprehensive what the individuals say round him.”

Hodgson, who defended his former England cost within the build-up to the sport, insisted that he did not imagine Alli ‘seemed’ for a penalty and joked: “I might advise Patrick to not sq. as much as Dele Alli. When you ask me in future, I’ll inform him to avoid him, I believe my cash can be on Dele Alli on that struggle.”

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