Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho has blamed Dele Alli for conceding a goal despite the Spurs beating Stoke City 3-1 in the Carabao Cup quarterfinal.
Spurs booked their place in the last four thanks to goals from Gareth Bale, Ben Davies and Harry Kane against the Championship club and they are now just two wins away from winning the competition.
Alli had attempted a flick during a transition but he ended up giving the ball away and Stoke went on to equalise with their first shot of the match through Jordan Thompson.
The 24-year-old was given a chance to prove himself to Mourinho, having fallen out of favor in recent weeks, and that moment undid a promising first half.
He was substituted shortly after and Mourinho blamed him for the goal they conceded.
“Yes, for me a player that plays in that position is a player that has to link and create and not to create problems for his own team,” Mourinho said.
“In that situation, an objective counter-attack would probably end with a goal, and it ended with a counter-attack behind our defenders.
“We were unbalanced because when you are in possession you have full-backs out wide and another midfielder in a different line and they caught us in a counter-attack and they transformed the result of the game that was totally in our hands, so yes I am upset.”
Spurs were able to recover from that as Davies and Kane struck in the final 10 minutes to get the win they deserved.