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Dele: "It doesn't stop here"

Posted on 2 November 2017  - 02:00

Five years ago, a young midfielder, just 16, made his professional debut for MK Dons in an FA Cup first round tie in front of 1,565 fans at Cambridge City. On Wednesday night, he scored twice against Real Madrid in front of 83,782 in the Champions League at Wembley - and Dele Alli has no thoughts on resting on his laurels.

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Dele came off the bench at the Pro-Edge Stadium that night - November 2, 2012 - as Southern League City held on for a goalless draw, a typical FA Cup night. Typical Dele as well, he was a threat immediately, forcing City goalkeeper Zac Bennett into a fine save and seeing another goalbound shot blocked.

On Wednesday, he shone again as we showed what this team is all about at Wembley. Dele scored twice and helped set-up the third for Christian Eriksen as we ran out deserved 3-1 winners against the Champions League holders. Real Madrid hadn't lost for 30 matches in the group stages going back to 2012. It was one of the glory, glory nights in our illustrious 135-year history.

Dele was reminded of his five-year debut anniversary at Wembley. He remembered the game, remembered going close to scoring and again, typically, took time to say 'thanks'.

"I’ve a lot of people to thank, the manager here for giving me the chance and opportunity from the moment I joined," he said. "He’s put a lot of faith in me.

"Growing up, these are the occasions you want to play in. I was delighted to score the two goals but more importantly it was a fantastic result. We’ve said all along that we feel we’re a top side and nights like this show we are.

"It doesn’t stop here. I'll keep working hard and hopefully together we can achieve a lot more. We’re all delighted."