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Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 AFC Bournemouth
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.
In what was a thoroughly entertaining Premier League encounter in N17, Spurs found themselves three goals to the good thanks to a brace from in-form Dele Alli and a spectacular hooked effort from Moussa Sissoko.
However, the Cherries staged a fightback, with Harry Wilson scoring twice to set up a nervy finale.
“I am happy with many things in the game and I have to improve with many aspects which is normal,” Mourinho explained.
“We didn’t start well again, we didn’t finish well, we played well for a long, long period of the game. I am pleased with the victory, the points, with the flair, with the quality, with the goals, with some dynamics that we trained, even defensively with some principals that we are working.”
The former Chelsea chief continued: “I am happy with many things, I am happy with the effort, but of course the Premier League is the Premier League, games are never finished and even in our best period, where I think everybody had the feeling that the result could go for four or five because it was 3-0 and we had so many opportunities to transition to score more goals.
“The result is a bit strange – but that is OK – that is the difficulty of the Premier League, the emotion of the Premier League.
“I can say we conceded four goals in three days at home but I prefer to say we scored seven goals at home in three days, which is fantastic.”
Dele’s improvement of late will alert England boss, Gareth Southgate.
However, in the meantime, Mourinho continued to enthuse over his midfield playmaker, adding: “Dele, I don’t need to speak about. 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.
“He’s playing really, really well. I couldn’t ask for any more from him. He’s playing amazing, scoring goals, assisting, working, fantastic.”
Spurs return to Premier League action on Wednesday, December 4 when they face Manchester United at Old Trafford (7:30pm). Then the Lilywhites take on Burnley at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday, December 7 (3pm).
Tottenham Hotspur: Gazzaniga, Aurier, Alderweireld, D Sánchez, Vertonghen, Ndombele (Lucas Moura 74’), Dier, Sissoko, Alli (Winks 90+4’), Heung-Min Son ( Lo Celso 88’), Kane Subs not used: Rose, Walker-Peters, Eriksen, Whiteman
AFC Bournemouth: Ramsdale, Stacey, Aké, S Cook, Rico, Fraser (H Wilson 63’), Lerma, L Cook (Gosling 74’), Danjuma Groeneveld, Solanke, C Wilson Subs not used: Boruc, Gosling, Simpson, Mepham, Kilkenny, Saydee
Referee: Lee Mason
Assistants: Scott Ledger and Mark Scholes
Fourth Official: Stuart Attwell