Dele offers Mourinho a pleasant conundrum

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Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 Wolfsberger AC – Reaction
(Tottenham Hotspur won 8-1 on aggregate)

A notable display capped with a stunning goal – Dele Alli certainly gave Jose Mourinho plenty to think about ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s Premier League clash with Burnley on Sunday.

Sure, it was all a bit low-key. Spurs already held a sizable first-leg lead against Austrian outfit, Wolfsberger AC. However, provided with a platform, the England midfielder showed signs to suggest that his time in N17 might not be over just yet.

Dele’s overhead kick, which handed Spurs the lead on the night, was a thing of beauty. “The goal I don’t need to speak because everyone watched it and I believe that all around the world on all these sports TV people are going to watch it, no need to talk about it,” Mourinho explained.

“But for me, the globality of the performance is what matters. He played very well in every aspect of the game, he played very well.

Of course, he’s not fresh, of course, you can feel that his performance like in the first leg from minute fifty-five to sixty is going always to go down, which is normal due to the circumstances, injured, not training for a long time, coming from a couple of weeks.

“But at this moment when we are going to play every three days, ten matches in March, to have Dele back at this level, is amazing. But I wouldn’t say Dele only. Winks, Sissoko, just to give two more examples, to have them back to this level, we need more than ever.”

On the overall performance, Mourinho added: “Good night The attitude was very good, which is the most important thing, the team was united, the ones playing and the ones on the bench.”


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