The Overlap have released an interview between Dele Alli and Gary Neville revealing the traumas which the former Tottenham man went through growing up.
The interview also uncovers the mental challenges which Dele had to face during his career and offers clear reasoning behind his recent struggles on the pitch.
However, the 27-year-old also claimed that his footballing story is not over yet and that he is more determined than ever to succeed.
Looking back at his career so far, Dele has opened up about his time at Tottenham, and most importantly, his time under Mauricio Pochettino...
Dele: “Pochettino was the best manager”
Under the tutelage of Pochettino, Dele Alli became one of the brightest young talents the Premier League had ever seen.
He was producing exceptional numbers for a player his age and claimed multiple individual accolades.
The midfielder believes that the current Chelsea boss was “the best manager” of his career.
Dele revealed: “Mauricio Pochettino was the best manager and I couldn’t have asked for a better manager at the time.
“I was him and his team, you know, not just him. There was Jesus [Perez], Miguel [d’Agostino] and Tony [Jimenez].
“They are amazing people and they’re so understanding, and it wasn’t like a footballer and a manager relationship. It was deeper than that, I felt.”
Dele also speaks about how the Argentine was so understanding of him and helped him to flourish on the pitch.
He added: “He was just so understanding of the decisions I was making, and he was guiding – like, he cared about me as a person before the football, which is what I needed at that time. And I think that’s important for young players.
‘When you go somewhere it can be quite scary, I think.
“And I never had that fear of, you know, trying to prove myself in that sense, because I felt like he was giving me the platform to express myself the best I could and to be comfortable.”
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