"There is nothing to complain about his behaviour - he is a lovely kid - but, in professional football, in the last few weeks, he has started to show that he can have the possibility to play and show his quality".
The club's exploits in the Champions League - including a 3-1 home win against European champions Real Madrid - are in sharp contrast to their struggles in the Premier League, where they are have fallen 18 points behind leaders Manchester City.
Spurs will learn their opponents for the knockout phase of the Champions League when the last 16 draw is made in Nyon on 11 December. "I would like to be at my highest level in every single game and every training session but I don't think that's possible".
Alli has saved his best form for the Champions League.
He explained: "I'm my own biggest critic and I know when I'm not playing well".
Alli's best performances this season have come in the Champions League, with the England worldwide scoring a brace against Real Madrid and starring in a 2-1 win at Dortmund.
But, ahead of the Wembley clash today in which Spurs will top the group regardless of the result, Pochettino said: "We are going to rest some players of course, but Dele is going to play. So we need to use these experiences to improve, to learn, to get more experience".
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"There's nothing to worry about for us".
"It's important that we keep pushing to always be better".
"We're completely different, we're not in the last stage (of our development)".
"We are focused on this game because it's so important to win, important to finish the Champions League well and it's so important to build our momentum again. We've got a great team, a great manager, great staff, so we're looking forward to getting into the next game and getting going".
Pochettino has been indirectly quoted by football.london reporter Alasdair Gold on his personal Twitter account as confirming that the former France youth global will get a chance to "prove himself" against the Cypriot side this week, but Pochettino has issued a brutal reminder that the player still needs to "grow up".
"We felt we could beat them and finishing top of the group with a game to spare has given us even more belief".