Dele Alli: Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho hails ‘fantastic’ in-form midfielder
Jose Mourinho hailed a revitalised Dele Alli after Tottenham were steered by his two goals to.
Spurs withstood a late fightback from Bournemouth to make a 3-2 win after another victory at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The England midfielder will be assured of getting an worldwide remember in March following the start he has left his new manager.
With three goals and one assist, Alli has been engaged in 3 goals in both Premier League matches for Tottenham under Mourinho – as many as he was able in his last 12.
“With Dele, I don’t need to talk,” Mourinho said. “It is the best thing that could happen to a coach if you don’t need to talk about a player because everyone speaks.
“Everyone is talking about him for the right reasons. He’s playing well and I couldn’t ask any more . He is scoring goals, helping, along with his work-rate is fantastic.”
After matters had become a stale under Pochettino, the year feels alive for Tottenham.
There was no chant because of his successor, however there is a top-four place visibly achievable with Spurs closing in on Chelsea after their shock 1-0 home defeat to West Ham.
Mourinho added:”When I arrived, we had been 12 points behind the last Champions League position, and I stated that I didn’t want to think about it. I just wanted to play with games – we were eight or nine points out of a Europa League place.
“But I said that when we think a great deal about it, we are going to be miserable because we would like to play European football next year. However, that I see what’s going to take place and told the players to not get sad but to believe game after game.
“Now the space is smaller, and we are going into a period with lots of games at the Christmas time so we have the opportunity of both. We could place pressure and we play Chelsea by December’s end.
“If the game was we would play them with six points difference. It might be a fantastic situation to play with them but we play with them in the end of December so we have to keep as near as you can – but we’ve got a lot to work and a whole great deal to enhance.”
Meanwhile, the Bournemouth have lost three successive Premier League games for the first time since December 2018 (a streak of four).
Howe will benefit in the manner in which his side staged a fightback, although the Cherries have slipped to 12th in the table.
Regardless of the success, Tottenham conceded 20 shots against Bournemouth conceding more at home in a Premier League game in September 2015 against Manchester City when they confronted 22.
“Right now I think it’s absolute disappointment, frustration at what happened today,” Howe said after the defeat.
“However, the spirit is there, you can see it in the comeback today, similar to Wolves last week down to ten guys in a difficult scoreline we fought brilliantly last week, and we did again today.
“Therefore, I believe there is the contrasting emotions really. I believe we understand what we are capable of, but we need to start to show on a basis that is constant , even today you can find the good bits and bad bits even in 90 minutes. Our challenge is to test to deliver that more consistently through the match.”
Tottenham journey to face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday (kick-off: 7.30pm). Bournemouth will return to take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Tuesday at precisely the Exact kick-off time.
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