Arsene Wenger believes there could be some tension between Jose Mourinho and Dele Alli after the latter was dropped for Tottenham’s clash with Chelsea.
Alli struggled to make an impact against Leipzig on Wednesday night and was replaced by Erik Lamela shortly after Timo Werner’s goal in the Champions League last-16 first leg.
The England star reacted by throwing a tantrum in the Spurs dugout, throwing his water bottle and one of his boots down in fury before putting his head in his hands.
After the match, Mourinho insisted Alli was an angry with himself rather than his manager’s decision to substitute him, diffusing talk of a possible rift between the two of them.
However, Alli found himself starting on the bench at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, despite Mourinho being seriously short of options in attack.
‘It looks like there’s some unrest there,’ former Arsenal head coach Wenger told beIN SPORTS.
‘When Dele Alli came out last time he didn’t like it. Is he punished or not?
‘I would still say the game is too big just to punish him for that because you can have a discussion after the game and say, “Look, I don’t tolerate that. If you do that again I’ll keep you out”.
‘It looks to me that for other managers it’s normal to leave out any player they want and it looks like with me any time I make a decision of this type it’s always a big story around it.
‘So I prefer not to answer.’
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