CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: LAST 16, SECOND LEG, 8PM, BT SPORT 2
RB Leipzig (1) v Tottenham (0)
DELE ALLI is determined to step up to the plate and inspire Tottenham to another great Champions League escape act in Germany tonight.
Spurs once again go into an away leg with it all to do to reach the last eight after losing 1-0 at home to RB Leipzig.
However, they became specialists at overturning similar positions last term, most notably when they beat Ajax on away goals in the semi-finals.
And Alli is aware of the extra responsibility on his shoulders after an ankle injury prematurely ended Steven Bergwijn’s season.
‘This isn’t a time to get our violins out,’ said Alli, whose equaliser at Burnley on Saturday prevented a fourth consecutive defeat. ‘We have to step up and deal with these situations.
‘We have to show our character now. Those who aren’t playing as much need to show why they’re here.’ The England midfielder, who reacted angrily after boss Jose Mourinho substituted him in the first leg, admitted: ‘I was frustrated.
‘If you ask any manager since I started playing football I’ve never liked being subbed. I didn’t play very well. Sometimes the passion and frustration can get the better of you. It means I care.’
On the false nine role he has played in recent weeks, Alli added: ‘It’s not my most natural position but I’ve had a few games to get used to it.
‘Everyone, all over the pitch, needs to step up. We need to turn it around. I like scoring goals.’
Ben Davies will be out for up to a fortnight with a hamstring injury, so either centre-back Jan Vertonghen or winger Ryan Sessegnon will play at left-back this evening in the Red Bull Arena.