Jose Mourinho plays down Dele Alli tantrum after Tottenham star slams boot in frustration and nearly takes

Dele Alli was raging after being substituted during Tottenham’s dismal 1-0 defeat to RB Leipzig in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie.

The Spurs midfielder delivered an abject performance before being replaced by Erik Lamela in the 64th minute, sparking a tantrum.

Alli did not react well to coming off

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Alli did not react well to coming off

Alli delivered an uninspiring display

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Alli delivered an uninspiring display

Alli slammed his water bottle to the ground before doing the same with his boots – one of which nearly cannoned into Gedson Fernandes’ head!

After the game, Jose Mourinho dismissed suggestions the 23-year-old was angry with him, explaining that his player was being self-critical.

“I think he was angry with his performance, not with me,” Mourinho said of Alli’s reaction.

“I think he understands why I took him off and our performance improved.”

Spurs did improve following the introduction of Lamela in Alli’s place, but Leipzig were the dominant side throughout and Mourinho was left with goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to thank for losing by just the one goal.

Timo Werner struck from the penalty spot in the second half following a clumsy challenge from Ben Davies, leaving Spurs with it all to do in the second leg.

When asked whether his substitutions brought out the ‘real Spurs’, Mourinho launched a prickly four-minute rant about his side’s current injury crisis, with Harry Kane and Heung-min Son among several long-term absentees.

He told BT Sport: “Come on, what do you mean by the real Spurs?

“Let’s be loyal to the boys and tell that they did everything they could do. Lamela, you know how many training sessions he made with the team? Zero.

“Direct from injury to recovering on the pitch with the physios, direct to 20 minutes of a game of the Champions League. That is our team.”

He added: “This is our situation. It’s like going to a fight with a gun without bullets.”