Antonio Conte believes that Dele Alli is a player with a lot of potentials and has promised he will start games if he deserves to. The midfielder has made 12 appearances this season but was out of favour towards the end of Nuno Espirito Santo’s stint as manager. Alli was also out of favour under Jose Mourinho for the majority of last season. Conte said he has good memories of the player during his previous spell as Chelsea manager. Alli had scored a brace to end Chelsea’s 13-match winning run in 2016/17.
“I remember very well when we played against Tottenham in the past, specifically one game when we lost after 13 wins in a row and Dele scored twice.” Antonio Conte said talking about Dele Alli. “But this is the past. Now there is a present and for sure Dele is a player that has great potential. Physically he is strong and very good. For sure I give him the possibility to show he has talent. At the same time, when I pick the starting XI I do it because I think they can bring the team to win, the same when I make changes during the game.”
“I am open, I am open for every single player in Tottenham. The most important thing is they show me they deserve the chance to play,” he added. “The door is open for every single player. My first thought is to try and give them the best situation to show their talent, but then they need to show me I must be sure to give them a chance and repay. For all players, every single player. For now, we are starting from zero, there is a new coach. I tell every single player, not specifically Dele, ‘show me you deserve to play from the start and I will give you the chance to start.'”