Dele Alli and other Tottenham stars ‘did not step up’ in Champions League semi-final with Ajax, says talkSPORT host Adrian Durham

Adrian Durham gave a damning assessment of Dele Alli’s performance against Ajax in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.

Alli’s display has come in for criticism as Tottenham were beaten 1-0 at home.

The talkSPORT presenter believed that Spurs’ star players did not step up when the occasion called for it.

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Dele Alli’s performance has been criticised
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Durham said: “I’ve heard the quotes after from Edgar Davids, and Ruud Gullit as well, really questioning the quality in the Spurs midfield.

“They openly talked about Dele Alli as well.

“I want Dele Alli to do well but I thought he was really poor last night.

“When you get into the semi-final of a Champions League you are going to have really good opponents and Ajax are very good.

“You have to come up with an answer. When you are 1-0 down at home you have to come up with an answer.

“You need your better players to step up and do something a little bit more special than they’ve done before.

“Dele Alli didn’t do it, Christian Eriksen didn’t do it, Kieran Trippier was awful. Alright there are a couple of players out for Spurs and they are thinking Son is the saviour.

“There’s a lot of pressure on Son to rescue them in the Champions League.”

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Co-presenter Darren Gough believes Tottenham are by no means out of the tie and have to take their chances when they come.

Gough said: “The reason I said they were underdogs in this semi-final was because they are missing their two best goalscorers, firstly.

“They are missing Kane, who scores vital goals in any competition and they are missing Son who has stepped up to the mark and scored goals this season.

“They are two massive losses for Tottenham if you consider the pace and movement of Son compared to Llorente.

“Yes he holds the ball up well and you are hoping for Eriksen to come and get the second ball or Dele Alli or Lucas Moura.

“Their tactics had to totally change from Son, who can run at defenders or run into space and make space for everyone else coming in behind him.

“Two totally different players, Son and Llorente, it was a massive loss for Spurs but Ajax were the best side by a mile in the first half. I totally agree with everybody on it.

“But in the second half, Tottenham, if it wasn’t for the final ball, had plenty of opportunities but they didn’t finish them. They are not out of this competition whatsoever.”

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