Tottenham Hotspur have picked up yet another win under Jose Mourinho, making it three out of three for the Special One since taking over as boss.
The victory came in a similar format to the ones that proceeded it, as Spurs impressed going forward but looked weak at the back.
As they did against West Ham United in the Premier League last week, Spurs raced to a 3-0 lead, before letting in two late goals and suffering some nervy final moments.
A last-ditch slide tackle from Jan Vertonghen saved any blushes for the Lilywhites, as Callum Wilson looked set to score the equaliser in the final minute.
The hero at the other end was certainly Dele Alli today, as the attacker scored two goals and helped to create a third on a chilly day in North London.
Mourinho showered praise on his man after the final whistle, while adding that Dele has a good, unselfish attitude about him.
He said (Football London): “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, really well. I couldn’t ask for any more from him. He’s playing amazing, scoring goals, assisting, working, fantastic.
“I didn’t know him. I only played against him a few times. No contact with him. 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. A player of such quality it’s not possible that he’s not performing at a high level, ok sometimes players are not in the best performance level but normally with a little bit of up and down you need to perform according to your potential.
“I find him a good guy in the group. He’s a group guy, not really this kind of selfish person who thinks and speaks only about himself. Not at all. He’s a Spurs boy, a group boy. The group is a good family. They have very good empathy in between them. I just feel that now it’s self-esteem coming up and lots of confidence to play.”
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