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Tottenham's Dele Alli still has 'a lot to learn,' says Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino says Dele Alli "has a lot to learn" after the teenager was lucky to escape a red card in Thursday's 1-1 Europa League draw at Fiorentina.

Alli, 19, starred for the visitors in the round-of-32 first leg in Italy, but was fortunate to pick up just a booking in the first half after appearing to kick Fiorentina's Nenad Tomovic.

It was not the first controversial incident this season involving the England international, who was accused by Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew of stamping on Yohan Cabaye in Tottenham's 3-1 win over the Eagles in January.

Alli has taken the Premier League by storm since arriving at Spurs from MK Dons last year, but Pochettino admitted the youngster is still learning about the game.

"We need to look at the video and try to teach him," Pochettino told BT Sport. "He is a young player and he has a lot to learn about elite football. It is his first season in the Premier League at Tottenham.

"He came from League One, he needs to learn a lot, still learn. But I didn't see [the incident]. Some people say 'yes', say 'no', so I don't know."

Dele Alli was fortunate to pick up just a booking in the first half against Fiorentina.

Spurs made six changes from Sunday's 2-1 Premier League win at Manchester City and dominated the first period in an under-capacity Stadio Artemio Franchi.

The visitors took the lead through Nacer Chadli's 37th-minute penalty after Ben Davies was tripped in the box, but they were pegged back after the break and Federico Bernardeschi equalised with a deflected strike from long-range.

Despite being among the favourites to win this season's Premier League title, Pochettino claimed he was still taking the Europa League seriously, adding: "It is important to play with the squad.

"We have a strong squad to try to fight for every competition, we need to use all of the squad. I am happy with all of the players.

"Six changes from the City game and I'm happy. It is not important to talk about using the squad. It is important how we compete, we have big motivation."

Dan is ESPN FC's Tottenham correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @Dan_KP.


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