TODAY’S eagerly-anticipated FA Cup semi final between Chelsea and Spurs could be decided by the impact two players might have on the game.
That’s the view of ‘Tottingham’ legend Ossie Ardiles as he assesses the qualities of playmakers and game changers Dele Alli and Eden Hazard.
Whilst Ossie would not put the pair in the same bracket as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo just yet, he believes both have the potential to be world greats.
With Hazard already installed as the captain of Belgium, Ardiles thinks it’s only a matter of time before Alli is leading his country too.
Ossie is glowing in his praise of the Spurs midfielder – and gives great credit to Mauricio Pochettino for the player’s development.
The former FA Cup winner (‘Ossie’s going to Wembley, his knees have gone all trembly’ – remember that?) predicts a tight game this evening,
But, of course,, he is backing his old club Spurs to come out on top. With Alli the hero?
We will wait and see, but Ossie can see nothing but a bright future for the young England international with the world at his talented feet.
Quoted in the Daily Express – http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/794946/Chelsea-Eden-Hazard-Tottenham-Dele-Alli-Ossie-Ardiles-FA-Cup-News-Wembley – Ossie said of Alli: “When he arrived at Tottenham he was a rough diamond.
“But Pochettino has made sure he has improved and it has surprised me how much – his improvement has been phenomenal. I hope he carries on surprising me.”
As for the possible head-to-head of Hazard and Alli, the Spurs legend adds: “It is always difficult to make comparisons because players have different attributes. They are very, very similar in some ways, different in others. Both, though, are tremendous players, both are very, very talented.
“Both can create chances and take them. Alli can score more goals than Hazard who plays more on the left, while Alli likes to play behind the front player. Of the two Alli is the more complete player because he can also defend when he has to and he does that very well.”
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