- Dele Alli's main ambition is getting himself a Premier League winner's medal
- The midfielder was the star of the show this week as Spurs defeated Real Madrid
- Alli has since insisted his team now believe they are capable of beating anyone
Published: 18:30 EDT, 2 November 2017 | Updated: 18:56 EDT, 2 November 2017
Spurs firmly stamped their mark on the footballing map with a crushing 3-1 victory against European champions Real Madrid in front of an 83,000 crowd at Wembley on Wednesday night.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino acted as though he were completely at ease at simply any old result afterwards.
Dele Alli has issued a warning to Tottenham's rivals after their defeat of Real Madrid
Yet he knows beating Zinedine Zidane’s successive Champions League winners will have reverberated throughout European football and that the effects will be felt strongest back in the Premier League, where the Argentine has been steadily growing the Tottenham’s reputation with a third place finish two seasons ago —when they ran surprise champions Leicester City close until the end — and improved on that by coming second last year.
‘We have been a bit unfortunate the last two seasons in the Premier League, coming second and third,’ Alli said, although the attacking midfielder was wary that his team-mates keep their feet on the ground following such an historic night against Real Madrid.
'Its important we don’t get carried away with the way we played,’ he added, ‘we have to keep making sure we build together as a team, keep working together on the training field and make sure we are putting in performances at the weekend. Take each game as it comes and make sure we get as many points as we can.’
Pochettino, often compared to Sir Alex Ferguson, is the mastermind behind the club’s emergence as a leading force in the game. He is known as being firm but fair; you are either with him, or against him, and those who are on his side are made to feel as though they have nothing to fear in anyone.
Alli was a driving force in the game and has his sights fixed on a Premier League medal
The midfielder has admitted Spurs believe they can go up against the best and win
‘The way he talks to us in the meetings he gives us a lot of self-belief,’ Alli revealed. ‘Tactically we are very strong, we put a lot of trust in the manager and he puts a lot of trust into us, we feel like we can beat everyone.’
While many clubs disregard the importance of relying on English talent, Pochettino has achieved his success with a core of current and potential England players.
Alli, Harry Kane, Harry Winks, Eric Dier and Kieran Trippier all excelled in the Real victory. All of them were called up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the upcoming friendlies against Germany and Brazil on Thursday, as was their team-mate Danny Rose, who has only not played at left-wingback this season due to injury.
Kane, who has captained England and is the national team’s leading striker, believes that it can only benefit Southgate and the country that this group are playing at the highest level and beating the world’s best.
‘It’s great for England,’ Kane said, ‘it’s great for our national side, to be playing in those big games and performing in those big games. That’s what we need to do.
‘The most important thing for us is doing it in big games, high pressure games. It will be a good chance next week to play against tough opposition, see where we’re at, maybe try new things or see what the gaffer wants us to do. It matters more when the pressure is on, and [against Real Madrid] the pressure was on to qualify and we did that.’
Mauricio Pochettino heaped praise on Alli and the potential in his Tottenham team
Kane has a warning of his own for Alli, urging his young team-mate to keep calm so he does not pick up any more unnecessary suspensions. Alli was absent from Tottenham’s first three Champions League matches due to a horror challenge on Gent’s Brecht Dejaegere in the Europa League last season. He missed the last three games of the season before after punching West Brom’s Claudio Yacob in the stomach.
‘I think it hurt him he was banned for three games, as it would anyone,’ Kane said.
‘Especially missing big games; Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid. So you can see he was raring to go, and what a performance from him, he was fantastic, two goals.
'It was great to have him back in the Champions League. Hopefully he stays calm and we’ll have him for the rest of the campaign.’
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Australia election: PM Morrison’s security team in car crash in Tasmania
A car carrying the Australian prime minister’s security team has crashed in Tasmania during an election campaign visit.
Four police officers were taken to hospital with “non-life threatening injuries” after the car and another vehicle collided, authorities said.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison was not in the car, but the accident prompted him to cancel the rest of his campaign events on Thursday.
The other driver involved was not hurt.
Tasmania Police said initial investigations suggested the second car had “collided with the rear of the police vehicle, while attempting to merge”. It caused the unmarked security vehicle to roll off the road.
The two Tasmania Police officers and two Australian Federal Police officers were conscious when taken to hospital for medical assessment, the prime minister’s office said.
“Family members of the officers have been contacted and are being kept informed of their condition,” a statement said.
“The PM is always extremely grateful for the protection provided by his security team and extends his best wishes for their recovery and to their families.”
Australians go to the polls on 21 May. Mr Morrison – prime minister since 2018 – is hoping to win his conservative coalition’s fourth term in office.
Polls suggest the opposition Labor Party, led by Anthony Albanese, is favoured to win. However, Mr Morrison defied similar polling to claim victory at the last election in 2019.
Mr Morrison’s Liberal-National coalition holds 76 seats in the House of Representatives – the minimum needed to retain power.
Political observers say the cost of living, climate change, trust in political leaders, and national security will be among key issues in the campaign.
In recent weeks, the prime minister has faced accusations of being a bully and once sabotaging a rival’s career by suggesting the man’s Lebanese heritage made him less electable. Mr Morrison has denied the allegations.
Mr Albanese stumbled into his own controversy this week when he failed to recall the nation’s unemployment or interest rates.
Sydney airport warns delays could last weeks on third day of travel chaos
Long queues at Sydney airport’s domestic terminals have continued for a third day, with some passengers missing international connections, as the airport warns delays resulting from a surge in travellers and a shortfall in security staff could continue for weeks.
Chaotic scenes were reported in the departure halls as early as 4.30am on Saturday, with some frustrated travellers, many of whom heeded the pleas of airport chiefs to arrive at least two hours before their domestic flight was due to take off, claiming only one security line was operating.
While the queues that formed early on Saturday are understood to have cleared later in the morning, the airport apologised to affected travellers.
“Traffic numbers are picking up and the close contact rules are making it hard to fill shifts and staff the airport. We appreciate your patience,” Sydney airport said on its Twitter account.
A wave of families travelling as the term two school holidays begin this weekend, combined with close contact rules that are understood to be taking out about 20% of security shifts in any given day, are driving the problem.
Certis, the company that Sydney airport contracts for its security operations, is desperately trying to recruit personnel, while the airport has reallocated back office, IT and retail workers to the departure hall to comb queues so they can prioritise passengers at risk of missing their flight.
“We are working around the clock to resolve these issues and have teams in the terminals bringing passengers forward in order of priority,” a Sydney airport spokesperson said.
He added that the airport is “anticipating it will [be] busy right through the school holiday period and peak over the Easter and Anzac Day weekends, in some cases at 90% of pre-Covid passenger levels”.
“We’re deeply grateful to passengers for their ongoing patience and we’re sorry to everyone who has been inconvenienced,” the spokesperson said. “We would also like to thank passengers for getting to the airport early and treating staff and each other with kindness and respect.”
The Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce was forced to clarify comments he made on Friday that passengers were “not match fit” and that those forgetting to remove laptops and aerosols from their bags at the security check contributing to the delays.
“Just to be clear, I’m not ‘blaming’ passengers,” Joyce said. “Of course it’s not their fault,” he said.
Qantas shed thousands of staff during the pandemic, and outsourced ground crews in a decision that was challenged in court.
On Saturday, Qantas also apologised to a Melbourne family left stranded in Sydney, after domestic flight delays caused them to miss an international trip.
Javiera Martinez, her partner Daniel Capurro and their three children were supposed to be flying to Chile on Friday to visit relatives they had not seen in three years.
But after their 8am Qantas flight from Melbourne was delayed by half an hour, baggage handling and airport transfer delays in Sydney meant they couldn’t make their 11.30am LATAM Airlines flight to Santiago.
Martinez said the airline’s procedures at the airport were chaotic.
“We think Qantas didn’t behave appropriately. I got berated by the person at the counter – they never apologised, they never assumed any responsibility at all,” she said. “It was a rude conversation. We have been mistreated badly I would say.”
The PCR tests they need to travel have now expired and they will have to take them again as they wait for seats on the next flight to Santiago from Sunday.
The airline has apologised and paid for a night’s accommodation in Sydney.
“We sincerely apologise that the family missed their connecting flight on another airline due to delays moving through Sydney airport on Friday,” a Qantas spokesperson said.
The family is among many affected by hold ups amid the busiest travel period in two years, with Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane airports warning passengers to arrive two hours before domestic flights.
Grace Tame says caller ‘threatened’ against criticising PM
An Australian of the Year and sexual abuse survivor has said she received a “threatening” call warning her not to criticise the prime minister.
Grace Tame made the allegation in a speech on Wednesday, where she said she’d been called by a “senior member of a government-funded organisation”.
She added she was asked to promise not to say anything “damning” about Scott Morrison.
The government has denied knowledge of the call and said it will investigate.
On Tuesday, Mr Morrison made a formal apology to former political staffer Brittany Higgins more than a year after the young woman went public with the allegation that she had been raped by a male colleague in a ministerial office.
Her story sparked national anger, and an inquiry into parliament’s culture which found more than a third of workers had been sexually harassed.
Both Ms Higgins and Ms Tame have been heralded this past year for prompting a national conversation about abuse, power and gender inequality.
On Wednesday, the pair delivered a highly anticipated joint address at the National Press Club in Canberra.
Asked by journalists if she could name the threatening caller and their organisation, Ms Tame said: “if I was willing to name either, I would have put them in the speech”.
But she said the caller had been concerned about what she would say on the evening her successor as Australian of the Year was named.
She said the caller had described her as an “influential figure” and that Mr Morrison would “have a fear” about what she might say “with an election coming soon”. Australia is due to hold a general election before 21 May.
“Sound familiar to anyone? Well, it does to me,” Ms Tame said, before drawing a comparison with her former abuser – a teacher who had raped her as a child and pressured her to stay silent.
Mr Morrison’s office said it had not been aware of the call before Ms Tame’s speech, adding “the individual should apologise”.
“The PM and the government consider the actions and statements of the individual as unacceptable,” a spokesperson said.
But Ms Tame said launching a probe “misses the point entirely”.
“Stop deflecting, Scott. It’s not about the person who made the call. It’s the fact they felt like they had to do it at all,” she tweeted.
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