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Alli: Aggression is part of my game

Goal.com logo Goal.com 10-06-2017

Tottenham star Dele Alli has learned from his mistakes having previously made headlines for his hot-headed on-field behaviour, but he will not change the way he plays.

The 21-year-old was handed a three-match ban for lashing out at West Brom's Claudio Yacob towards the end of the 2015-16 campaign, while he also received his fair share of criticism for a reckless tackle on Gent's Brecht Dejaegere in the Europa League this term.

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Alli acknowledges he crossed a line with those two actions, but also believes his feisty attitude and fighting spirit is key to what he has achieved in his career.

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"I know there are mixed opinions about it but that is the player I am and it has been in my game ever since I was a youngster," England international Alli told The Daily Mail.

"It is not something I am looking to change to be honest. Obviously I have made a few mistakes and hopefully you can tell that I have learnt from them but, like I say, it is not something that I am worried about.

"After the West Brom game, I regretted that straight away. It was one of those moments that I have learnt from and I have not done anything like that again.

"There was also the challenge in the Europa League. I know it looked really bad and it was a really bad tackle but I know, myself, that I would never go out to hurt someone. It was just a poorly timed tackle and I apologised to the guy straight away.

"To be doing a challenge like that on someone is horrible. Horrible for me as well to think about it. I apologised and felt sorry and I have learnt from it. It was a mistake.

"But maybe if I did not have that in my game I would not have achieved as much as I have done so far at this age. Like I say, I am going to keep doing what I do and keep looking to improve. You have to make mistakes to learn from them and I have learnt from every one so far."

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