Alli scores brace to hand Mourinho 100% win

Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger

When Jose Mourinho was appointed Tottenham Hotspur head coach, it felt safe to assume that he would follow the pattern that broadly defined his spells at Chelsea and Manchester United: caution on the pitch, carnage off it.

The Portuguese gaffer has turned things around since replacing Mauricio Pochettino as manager, winning all three games.

"And Alli has taken that on board, and Mourinho now won't be able to take him out".

He told BBC Sport: "The fans love the club, I'm not saying they love me but they accept me as a top professional who wants to give everything for the club".

Mourinho said pushing him further up the pitch, a position he played in the early days under the Argentine, has been key.

Notably, Mourinho was handed the responsibility of Spurs on November 20 after Mauricio Pochettino was sacked as the club's manager. I think this is the best position for him.

"I'd really be intrigued if there was an England squad being named next week, would he be back in it, as I'd think he would, as arguably since Mourinho has come in, he has been England's best midfielder".

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Warner was one run short of equalling the 336 not out amassed by England's Wally Hammond against New Zealand in Auckland in 1933. Shah (66 not out) remained at the crease at tea when Pakistan were 213 for eight facing a likely follow on.

Mourinho's instructions are clear and the players are following them.

The only thing missing from a flawless day's work for Mourinho was a first clean sheet since taking over from Mauricio Pochettino a week-and-a-half ago.

Alli has scored two Premier League goals as well as assisted one across the first two league games Mourinho has been in charge of.

The hope is that defensive solidity will return in time, with Spurs very much a work in progress under a different set of eyes.

"For me Dele is not a midfield player, he is a player to play like he is playing, close to Harry [Kane]".

They are now just six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, who they still have to play twice, and there is a real belief that the Champions League places are not so far away.

The new boss insisted the 23-year-old would be one of his key players moving forward, and reportedly held private talks with him to try and boost his confidence.

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