Alli: Tottenham are turning a corner after second successive victory

Dele Alli's second-half header is saved by Igor Akinfeev - but the unfortunate CSKA Moscow goalkeepe

Dele Alli's second-half header is saved by Igor Akinfeev - but the unfortunate CSKA Moscow goalkeeper deflected the ball back into his own net with his left foot. Picture: Steven Paston/PA Wire - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

Dele Alli feels Tottenham are “turning a corner” after securing back-to-back victories in the last week.

Spurs only won one of their 10 games in all competitions between October 15 and November 26, losing four times and drawing five matches.

However, they have secured commanding victories in their last two outings, thrashing Swansea 5-0 in the Premier League on Saturday and then beating CSKA Moscow 3-1 in their final Champions League group game last night.

Alli recovered from a bad early miss to net Spurs’ first goal at Wembley on Wednesday, ending a run of eight appearances without an entry on the scoresheet – and he also forced an own goal in the second half.

Visiting goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev made a good reaction save to stop the 20-year-old’s close-range header, but he then diverted the ball back behind him and into the net with an outstretched foot.


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“When you miss chances it’s hard to keep your head up but fortunately I did, and when I got the next one I put it away,” said Alli. “I’d love to claim the third. I feel like if the keeper didn’t put it in himself I was going to put it in anyway, so they should just give it to me!

“It does feel like we’re turning a corner. Every team goes through a spell where their form drops a bit, but I think we’ve gone through that and we’re now coming back stronger. I feel like we’re playing really well again now and we’re getting the results and getting the goals, which is important.

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“We’re happy to stay under the radar, keep plugging away and keep getting the results we need. We don’t want to get too carried away with ourselves. It’s important to stay focused, like we did last season, and keep getting the results.

“It was important as well that we got the win ahead of a massive game at the weekend (away at Manchester United on Sunday). After the win over Swansea it was important we kept that momentum going by getting the win at Wembley.

“At the start of the season we were a bit slow when it came to scoring goals but we’re pulling up now and we just have to keep it going.”

Centre-back Toby Alderweireld is in contention to start against United, having returned from injury against CSKA Moscow last night and played for the last 20 minutes.

“He’s a great player,” said Alli. “Eric Dier has gone in there and done outstandingly well so it will be interesting to see what happens.

“Either way they’re both fantastic players so it’s good for the team. There’s definitely competition for places all over the pitch. Everyone is fighting for their places, which is good.”

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