Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has revealed that he felt “a bit to blame” following the departure of Mauricio Pochettino from the club.
Pochettino was sacked last week after over five years at the helm, following a poor start to the campaign which saw the Argentine leave with his side 14th in the Premier League table.
Spurs are now up to 10th after their 3-2 win over West Ham in Jose Mourinho’s first game in charge on Saturday, with Mourinho returning to Champions League football on Tuesday in a Group B match against Olympiakos.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, Alli revealed how his initial instinct after learning about Pochettino’s departure was to blame himself.
“When it first happened, you just blame yourself when you’re sad and you don’t really look at the big picture,” the 23-year-old said.
“We’ve had some amazing journeys together, we grew together – all the coaching staff that were here and the players, we all grew. We achieved a lot in terms of where we came from. We’re all very thankful to him.
“You can’t help but feel a bit to blame because we were out there but when I look back I gave 110 per cent and so did all the players. Sometimes it just doesn’t work out. The chairman made a decision and, like I say, we owe [Pochettino] a lot of thanks.”
Spurs return to Premier League action on Saturday when they host Bournemouth in North London.