Tottenham boss Mourinho hails 2-goal Alli; explains positional change

Ross Houston
December 1, 2019

JOSE MOURINHO oversaw his third-straight victory in the Spurs hot seat despite a rousing late rally from AFC Bournemouth at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Tottenham struck the knockout blow five minutes into the second half when another pinpoint long ball from Alderweireld was cushioned by Alli on his chest before he sat Ramsdale down and dinked the ball over the advancing goalkeeper.

When Son set up Sissoko to volley home his first English Premier League goal since 2017 in the 69th minute, the points looked in the bag but Harry Wilson's pin-point free-kick gave Bournemouth a lifeline.

After being consistently impressed in his first three years at the Spurs, Alli appeared to remain stagnant last season and started the 2019-20 campaign disappointingly.

And he should have had a hat-trick before the hour mark as Serge Aurier's cross found its way through to him unmarked at the back post, but this time Alli's curling finish was too high.

Recovering Alli's form of old was one of Mourinho's stated priorities when taking charge last week and it is already paying dividends as the England global has now scored three times in three games under Mourinho.

"I am happy with many things in the game and I have to improve with many aspects which is normal", Mourinho explained.

"For me, Dele is not a midfielder".

A similar formation and line-up to the last two games was used, with changes at left back, Jan Vertonghen slotting in for Danny Rose, right wing, with Moussa Sissoko coming in for Lucas Moura, and at holding midfield, with Ndombele in for Harry Winks.

"He plays really, really, really well, he can't ask for it anymore". He's also glowed in terms of his output with seven goals and four assists to his name.

Mourinho has been told that funds are available for rebuilding come January, but the former Manchester United boss has taken a restrained approach to gauge what areas require rebuilding and shoring up. Tottenham are now firmly in the top-four chase again thanks to back-to-back victories.

"I just know the qualities of the players and that was the direction I went in". "Now we are closer and we have match, match, match for the Christmas period".

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