Champions League: Tottenham Hotspur's off-colour Dele Alli aims to reignite form in APOEL clash
Dele Alli will start Tottenham's Champions League dead rubber against Apoel Nicosia as he bids to play his way back into form even though a clutch of other top players will be rested.
London: Dele Alli will start Tottenham's Champions League dead rubber against Apoel Nicosia as he bids to play his way back into form even though a clutch of other top players will be rested.
Harry Kane will be among five key men rested for the match at Wembley along with Christian Eriksen, Eric Dier, Kieran Trippier and Hugo Lloris.
Spurs have already secured first place in Group H, meaning the likes of Fernando Llorente, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou and Juan Foyth are expected to be given a chance.
However, Alli, who missed the first three group games through suspension, will play as the attacking midfielder bids to recover form and confidence following recent struggles.
"I think I am my own biggest critic," Alli said. "Every time I know when I'm not playing well and if it's not going well for me. It's important that I keep working hard and trying every day to learn and improve as a player."
"Obviously I would like to be at my highest level in every single game and every training session but I don't think that's possible," said the England midfielder.
"So I think it's been a good opportunity for me to learn more about myself as a player and as a person, so I'm looking forward to it and I've got to keep enjoying it."
The club's exploits in the Champions League – including a 3-1 home win against European champions Real Madrid – are in sharp contrast to their struggles in the Premier League, where they are have fallen 18 points behind leaders Manchester City.
"It's not unusual for a team to have a dip in form," said Alli.
"There's nothing to worry about for us. We've got a great team, a great manager, great staff, so we're looking forward to getting into the next game and getting going."
The 29-year-old Son has compiled 107 goals and 64 assists in 280 appearances in all competitions since joining Tottenham from Bayer Leverkusen in August 2015.
The Norwegian, who took over from Jose Mourinho in 2018, will stay at Old Trafford until at least 2024, with the option of an extra year.
It was a historic victory for Al Ahly, who became the first club to win back-to-back Champions League titles three times.