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Dele Alli says he is “still hurting” after Tottenham’s FA Cup semi-final defeat against Manchester United, insisting Spurs must be “stronger” in big games.

Tottenham have now lost eight successive FA Cup semi-finals, the longest such run in the history of the competition.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side were eliminated at the same stage last season in similar circumstances – they were the better side for significant spells of the game but failed to get over the line.

The same thing happened in their Champions League last-16 tie against Juventus earlier this season. The Italians came from a goal down to lead at Wembley, and Spurs couldn’t find a way back into the match.

All of which has led to accusations that Tottenham lack the mentality to compete at the highest level, something Alli believes the team must seek to change.

“Still hurting from the weekend, gutted to have not moved on to the final,” he tweeted on Monday. “We have to be stronger in these games.”

Alli opened the scoring after 11 minutes at Wembley, latching onto Christian Eriksen’s inch-perfect cross and converting from close range.

But goals from Alexis Sanchez and Ander Herrera secured Manchester United’s place in the final, where they will play Chelsea.

Pochettino is reportedly seeking funds from chairman Daniel Levy in order to strengthen his squad so that Spurs are in a better position to compete on multiple fronts next season.

Hopefully the likes of Alli will thrive as a result of the added competition that is expected to arrive this summer.

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