Spurs boss Mourinho full of praise for midfielder Alli
PUBLISHED: 13:15 25 November 2019
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New Tottenham Hotspur head coach Jose Mourinho heaped praise on attacking midfielder Dele Alli as they sealed a 3-2 win over West Ham United in his first match in charge.
Spurs ended an 11-month spell without a win away from home in the Premier League thanks to goals from Heung-Min Son, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane at the London Stadium.
Mourinho insisted the 23-year-old looked more like the old Dele Alli that has impressed everyone since arriving at Tottenham from MK Dons.
"I think Dele was like the team, brilliant for 60-65 minutes and then he paid also the price of the tiredness so he went a little bit down.
"I think it was the old Dele Alli, the Dele Alli of a couple of years ago who impressed not just for England but all. He did everything I asked him to do."
The 56-year-old praise the youngster's skill to keep the ball in play for Spurs second goal of the match as well.
"It was just in front of me. The piece of skill was amazing, but what for me is more amazing is the mental thing in relation that.
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"You only do that if you are focused, committed, ultra confident, if not you give up when you have bad feeling, sadness, you don't do that piece of skill.
"It is amazing, but it only comes when from an emotional point of view everything is positive. Fantastic, I am really happy."
And the former Manchester United and Chelsea boss was delighted for all his players although believes they tired late on to give the Hammers a lifeline.
"It was very important. 11 months without music in the away dressing room, without a smile or happiness. They did it.
"I am very happy for them and with them. If someone only saw the result they'd have thought it was very difficult for us.
"But it was probably closer to a 4-0 than 3-2 I think my players paid the price of a very difficult week.
"International break, change of manager, new guy, different training sessions."
Mourinho also revealed he has missed being in the dugout after he returned following 11 months out of the game.