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'Dele Alli has this charisma': Mauricio Pochettino compares Spurs outcast to former team-mates Diego Maradona and Ronaldinho as 'amazing talent' continues to be shunned by Jose Mourinho

By Toby Miles For Mailonline

Published: 01:01 GMT, 3 November 2020 | Updated: 01:16 GMT, 3 November 2020

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Mauricio Pochettino has backed Dele Alli as the Spurs star remains stuck on the sidelines, comparing his 'special energy' to that of Diego Maradona and Ronaldinho. 

The Englishman has played 66 minutes of Spurs' six Premier League matches so far and can't even get a full game in the Europa League, with the midfielder plummeting down Jose Mourinho's pecking order since last season. 

Alli's frustration is building after having a loan move blocked this summer, with the 24-year-old reportedly yet to discuss the issue with his manager.  

Dele Alli is being left out in the cold at Tottenham, playing just 66 Premier League minutes

Dele Alli is being left out in the cold at Tottenham, playing just 66 Premier League minutes 

Jose Mourinho blocked a loan move for the star this summer and his frustration is building

Jose Mourinho blocked a loan move for the star this summer and his frustration is building

Mauricio Pochettino has backed the star, claiming he shares characteristics with Ronaldinho

Mauricio Pochettino has backed the star, claiming he shares characteristics with Ronaldinho 

Pochettino oversaw Alli's sharp rise from MK Dons prospect to target, and the former Spurs boss still raves about the midfielder. 

He said his energy is similar to that of Maradona, who Pochettino was Argentina team-mate of briefly as their careers overlapped.  

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