Jose Mourinho admitted he was angry with Dele Alli for creating “problems for his own team” during Tottenham’s 3-1 Carabao Cup quarter-final win at Stoke.
Spurs booked their place in the last four thanks to goals from Gareth Bale, Ben Davies and Harry Kane against the Championship club and they are now just two wins away from winning the competition.
They made life harder for themselves as Alli attempted a flick during a transition, gave the ball away and Stoke went on to equalise with their first shot of the match through Jordan Thompson.
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The 24-year-old was given a chance to prove himself to Mourinho, having found himself out of the fold in recent weeks, and that moment undid a promising first half.
He was substituted shortly after and Mourinho blamed him for the goal they conceded.
“Yes, for me a player that plays in that position is a player that has to link and create and not to create problems for his own team,” Mourinho said.
“In that situation, an objective counter-attack would probably end with a goal, and it ended with a counter-attack behind our defenders.
“We were unbalanced because when you are in possession you have full-backs out wide and another midfielder in a different line and they caught us in a counter-attack and they transformed the result of the game that was totally in our hands, so yes I am upset.”