Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli on Controlling His Aggression

Dele Alli
Dele Alli at White Hart Lane, London, February 2. Alli says he wants to control his reactions in matches. Reuters / Peter Cziborra

Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli has insisted he will not remove aggression from his style of play but is making a conscious effort to address how he reacts on the pitch.

Alli was sent off during Spurs' 2-2 draw with Gent last month, a result that saw the club eliminated from the Europa League, and is known for having a fiery side.

The 20-year-old is repentant over the incident at Wembley Stadium but believes his bullish approach is what defines him as a player.

"There's been a lot of say about me and my aggression but to be honest with you it's not something I'm going to look to change," he said. "[I need to] maybe play with the aggression but how I react in different situations is something I want to improve. I have been working on that and hopefully people can see that."

He added: "That's the player I am: I have always been like that since I was younger. It's about getting it under control and I think I have been doing that."

Alli featured in both England matches during the international break, a win over Lithuania in a World Cup qualifier followed defeat to Germany in a friendly.

Now, Alli will link back up with Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs' team as it prepares to establish itself in the Premier League top-four over the final 10 games of the season.

Spurs travels to Burnley on Saturday, 10 points off leader Chelsea.