Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho pleased to see Dele Alli receiving plaudits for his performances after starring in Bournemouth win
Alli, whose poor form and injuries over the last few months had seen him dropped from the England squad, has rediscovered his star quality since Mourinho’s arrival at the club.
Ali’s fine run of form continued with a brace in a 3-2 win against Bournemouth on Saturday, Tottenham’s third victory in a row since Mourinho took over the reins from Mauricio Pochettino..
Alli’s double made it three goals in three games – as well as two assists – and he has been the figurehead of a Tottenham resurgence under the Portuguese.
Moussa Sissoko put Spurs 3-0 up at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, before Harry Wilson’s late double made it an uncomfortable end to the game
Mourinho made a point of trying to reinvigorate Alli when he first arrived, teasing him about playing like his brother, and it has worked a treat.
“Dele, I don’t need to speak about,” Mourinho said.
“The best thing that can happen to a coach is when you don’t need to speak about a player because everybody speaks, all of you, fans, everybody speaks about him and speaks about him for the right reasons.
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“He’s playing really, really, really well. I couldn’t ask for any more from him. He’s playing amazing, scoring goals, assisting, working, fantastic.”
Alli had struggled for much of 2019, both with injuries and a drop in form, as well as receiving some criticism about his life away from football.
Mourinho was not prepared to allow Alli’s level be so far away from his best and also moved him closer to Harry Kane on the pitch.
“I don’t know the boy, I don’t know much. I just know the qualities of the players and that was the direction where I went,” he said.
“(For) a player of such quality, it’s not possible that he’s not performing at a high level.