Dele Alli of Tottenham is prepared for coach Nuno Espirito Santo


Dele Alli is preparing very hard for the coming of coach Nuno Espirito Santo after having a tough time under coach Jose Mourinho in the just-concluded season.

The 25-year-old attacking midfielder is currently holidaying in Portugal and from all indications, Dele Alli is not there for fun but to keep fit ahead of the 2021-2022 season.

To show that he has been keeping fit ahead of the coming season, the English attacking midfielder shared pictures on Instagram showing when he was lifting weights at a Campus in Portugal.

In the pictures, the England international could be seen engaging in different forms of exercise which proved that he is still as fit as he used to be when he was a top choice at Tottenham Hotspur.

In the caption, Dele Alli wrote: “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. I’m ready”. This could be a message that though he had a rough 2020-2021 season, he is prepared for a better 2021-2022 season.

Recall that in the just concluded 2020-2021 season, Alli managed to make just 29 appearances mostly from the bench. He managed to score three goals in all competitions.

Before Jose Mourinho was sacked in April 2021, the Portuguese tactician has always been very critical of the midfielder and the midfielder could not prove the coach wrong as often as possible.

When the coach was sacked and Ryan Mason was appointed as the club’s caretaker coach, the English tactician allowed Alli to start the last 5 games of last season but could not do much.

Hence, the head coach of England, Gareth Southgate did not deem him fit to invite him into the Euro 2020 squad. He was left to enjoy the holiday which he has been taking full advantage of.

When he returns to Tottenham Hotspur later this month to commence pre-season training, he will have to work under another Portuguese tactician, Nuno Espirito Santo.

Tottenham appointed Santo less than two months after he stepped down as the coach of Southampton. It took Spurs over a month before they could agree on signing the Portuguese tactician.

In his first official interview with the club’s website, Santo had said he would make the fans of the club proud. A player like Dele Alli who still have over three years left on his contract with Tottenham would hope to be a part of the Tottenham squad that would make the fans proud at the end of the 2021-2022 season.


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