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Alli plans calmer approach to staying aggressive
March 28, 2017 / 4:46 AM / 9 months ago

Alli plans calmer approach to staying aggressive

REUTERS - Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli has no intention of abandoning his fiery competitiveness but is working on tempering his reactions during heated moments during matches.

Football Soccer - Germany v England - International Friendly - Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund, Germany - 22/3/17 England's Dele Alli looks dejected after a missed chance Reuters / Wolfgang Rattay Livepic

Alli’s combustible nature was back in the spotlight recently when he was handed a three-match European ban for a wild challenge on Gent’s Brecht Dejaegere during Tottenham’s Europa League clash at Wembley last month.

The 20-year-old England international also served a three-match suspension for punching West Bromwich Albion’s Claudio Yacob towards the end of last season as Spurs slipped out of the Premier League title race.

“There’s been a lot said about me and my aggression but I think, to be honest, it’s not something I‘m going to look to change,” Alli told reporters.

”That’s the player I am, I’ve always been like that since I was younger. It’s about getting it under control and I think I’ve been doing that.

“I’ve got to keep improving and learning; not to play with less aggression but how I react in different situations.”

Alli said he was “relieved” not to have seriously hurt Dejaegere, especially after seeing Ireland skipper Seamus Coleman suffer a double leg break in a tackle by Wales’ Neil Taylor in A World Cup qualifier on Friday.

“I feel sorry for Seamus... I‘m sure the guy (Taylor) didn’t mean to do that.” he added. “Like my tackle; I felt I was relieved that nothing bad happened to the player.”

Second-placed Spurs visit 13th-placed Burnley in a Premier League encounter on Saturday.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru

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