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DELE ALLI admitted he was lucky to have played under Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham.

The midfielder has hardly had a look-in from Jose Mourinho.

Dele Alli spoke of his admiration for old boss Mauricio Pochettino

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Dele Alli spoke of his admiration for old boss Mauricio PochettinoCredit: –

Ahead of Spurs’ Europa League tie at Wolfsberger tonight, Dele said: “I was very lucky to have a manager like Pochettino — he was an unbelievable guy and very experienced.

“He would pull me in if I was doing dumb stuff and speak with me.

“Not like a dad — but that sort of vibe.”

Boss Mourinho admits the pair held clear-the-air talks after Dele’s loan switch to Pochettino’s Paris Saint-Germain failed to materialise.

Dele has been frozen out since the Special One replaced the Argentine in November 2019.

Mourinho branded his star “f***ing lazy” in Amazon Prime’s behind-the-scenes series.

Dele told Fifa’s PlayOn podcast: “So someone is coming into our homes, recording everything, and we don’t have any say.

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Mourinho's relationship with Alli has been heavily criticised

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Mourinho’s relationship with Alli has been heavily criticisedCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd

“There was a big change between Poch and Mourinho, the way they handled everything, it was a lot different.”

Dele, 24, is likely to be on the bench again in Budapest for the last-32 first-leg clash.

He added: “I’m looking to sort this situation out and get back to playing as much as I can.”

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