Dele Alli has credited Mauricio Pochettino with helping him to learn from his mistakes, but insists that he will never fully lose his fiery edge.
The England international has built a reputation for having a hot-headed nature, not helped by a straight red shown to him in the recent Europa League meeting with Gent for a dangerous studs-up challenge.
“I have so many things to learn from this season,” he is quoted as saying by The Express. “Everyone makes mistakes and it’s important that you bounce back. I felt horrible straight after it but it’s important I put it behind me and make sure I learn from it and keep improving.
“Thankfully, Mauricio Pochettino knows that’s who I am. We’ve had a few talks and he’s been really supportive. It’s good to have a manager behind me who trusts and supports me as much as he does. I have calmed down a bit but I’m never going to take that out of my game.
“I’m never gonna say sorry for wanting to win or trying as hard as I can. Sometimes things happen and you have to learn from them. I’m still young, I’m 20 years old. There’s going to be a lot of ups and downs in football, that’s the way it is. It’s important if things don’t go my way and things happen, that I learn from them and keep improving.”