June 17, 2024

EPL: Selfish players, they didn’t do it against Man United – Dele Alli slams Chelsea duo

Former Tottenham Hotspur star, Dele Alli described Nicolas Jackson and Noni Madueke as ‘selfish’ players after they had an on-pitch argument during Chelsea’s Premier League 6-0 win over Everton on Monday.

Recall that four goals from Cole Palmer and a goal each from Jackson and Alfie Gilchrist gave Mauricio Pochettino’s side all three points against Everton at Stamford Bridge.

But Chelsea’s emphatic victory was somewhat overshadowed by a bizarre argument between Jackson and Madueke after the Blues were awarded a penalty in the second half.

Both players argued over who should take the spot-kick and they refused to back down even when Chelsea captain, Conor Gallagher grabbed the ball and gave it to designated penalty-taker, Palmer.

Speaking on the development on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, Alli criticized Jackson and Madueke for not coming out in the last minute against Manchester United when Chelsea was awarded a penalty which Palmer scored when the pressure was on.

“I think Pochettino will be really disappointed about it,” Alli said.

“The big thing about him is he cares so much about players as people as well and for them [Jackson and Madueke] to do that is kind of selfish.

“They want to get on the scoresheet – it’s good that players want to score – but do it during the game. If you are not the taker then just step away from the ball.”

He added, “I didn’t see them doing it in the last minute against Manchester United when the pressure was on.

“It’s clear that Mauricio isn’t happy about it. They are young players so they will learn from it.”

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