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Dele reacts to being hit by bottle; Pochettino revels in derby win

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Tottenham’s Dele Alli celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the English League Cup quarter final soccer match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates stadium in London, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)


Spurs are happy with their bit of North London Derby vengeance, but the topic of conversation on everyone’s lips was Dele Alli’s quick-flick goal.

[ RECAP: Arsenal 0-2 Spurs ]

With Tottenham leading 1-0 in the League Cup quarterfinal on Wednesday at the Emirates Stadium, Dele made amends for his disappointing first touch with an outside-of-the-boot shot over the head of Petr Cech and into the side panel.

“When I went through for my goal I knew I had to time my run and keep my composure,” he said.

Dele was then hit by a plastic bottle, and he responded by raising his hands to display a 2-0 to the Arsenal crowd.

“It is what it is,” Dele said. “It made the goal a bit sweeter and the win.”

The exquisite finish was deemed “special” by Ben Davies, who said, “He made it look easy.”

The conversation wasn’t all about Dele’s goal, as Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino made sure to point out that Arsenal should’ve been better rested and prepared than Spurs. From the BBC:

“Arsenal could rest players in the Europa League because they had qualified but we couldn’t in the Champions League. The level of our fitness was fantastic.”

As for drawing Chelsea, it’s more of the same for Pochettino.
“A very difficult draw, another London derby. We have already played Watford, West Ham and Arsenal. ... We shall see, Chelsea are a great team but we are excited. To be in the semi-final is fantastic for us.”

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