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Mourinho calls Dele Alli ‘lazy player’

Jose Mourinho branded midfielder Dele Alli as ‘lazy’ during the Amazon All or Nothing documentary

Its camera crews have spent the last year filming behind-the-scenes footage of Spurs’ first year in their £1billion new stadium.

And it shows new manager Mourinho accusing Alli of not pulling his weight every day.

The series shows the Special One, staging one of his first-team meetings as a manager, asking: “Where is Dele?”

When the star puts his hand up, Mourinho says: “I understand already that you are a f***ing lazy guy in training.”

The Special One reveals in the series the only advice Sir Alex Ferguson gave him in his previous job as manager of Manchester United was to sign Alli.

But the programme shows that does not stop Mourinho from hauling Alli into his office following his appointment as Tottenham manager in November last year to lay down a few home truths.

The Spurs boss was filmed saying: “What I want to tell you basically is this – I think you feel I like you.”

To which Dele shrugs his shoulders, lops his head, and says: “Yeah.”

Mourinho adds: “I like as a player and also as a kid. I think you are a nice kid.

“I don’t want to be your father because you have your father. I don’t want to be your uncle or old brother, I just want to be your coach but with a good connection so I have to always tell you what I think.

“Inside of you, maybe you tell me to f*** off but I have to tell you exactly what I think.

“And for me since the beginning, I have no doubts about your potential. I saw you do incredible matches and incredible things – but I always felt you had ups and downs.

“There is a huge difference between a player that keeps the consistency and a player that has moments. And that is what makes the difference between a top, top player and a player with the top potential.

“It’s something you don’t have to share with me, I think it’s something just for you to analyse yourself and to realise why ‘My career has been MK Dons, Tottenham, international team, bang!’ And then you reach the top and then…

“Why you have in your career these little ups and downs, I don’t know?

“I don’t know if it has to be your lifestyle. I don’t know if you want periods when you are an amazing professional or if in other periods you are a party-boy? I don’t know. I have no idea. Only you can know that.

“I am 56 now and yesterday I was 20. Do you know what I mean? Time flies, time flies and I think one day you will regret it if you can’t reach what you can reach.”

Mourinho added: “I’m not expecting you to be the man of the match every game. I’m not expecting you to score goals every game.

“I just want to tell you I think you might regret..

“YOU should demand more from YOU, not me demanding more from you. Not me. Not me.

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“I think you should demand more from you.”

Dele then said: “That’s fair,” before leaving the meeting.

He added: “I’m not like blind to it. I know I didn’t play that well last season.

“As soon as I have a bad game or I am not training that well I am the first one to criticise myself. I always think about what I can do to improve.

“Sometimes things just switch.”

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