‘Lot to play for’ – Mourinho delighted to see player returning to form at the right time

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Dom Le Roy

Jose Mourinho has admitted that he is delighted to see Dele Alli hitting form at the right time as Tottenham approach the business end of the season.

Tottenham’s form in the Premier League has been nothing short of abysmal over the past couple of months, with the North Londoners now languishing in mid-table.

It is increasingly starting to look like winning the Europa League might be Spurs’ best chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League after Jose Mourinho’s men sealed their progression to the last 16 of the competition with their 4-0 win over Wolfsberger on last night.

It is not just the dominant nature of the performance against the Austrian side that would have pleased the Spurs boss but also the fact that the likes of Dele and Gareth Bale shone on the night.

Dele scored a brilliant overhead kick to open Tottenham’s account before setting up Carlos Vinicius and Bale’s second-half goals, with the Welshman producing a trademark left-foot finish into the top corner after coming on as a substitute.

Mourinho admitted that he is now delighted to have many options to choose from given the hectic schedule his side have over the next couple of months.

When asked if it is good to have a fresh Alli in a busy period, the Tottenham boss told Football.London: “We have a lot to play for, we have Premier League, Europa League, we have a final to play so every player back is a blessing to us.

“Gio is also coming, we have an incredible number of matches. Seven for us plus three in the national team are 10 in March. Ten matches I believe is impossible for a football player, so when it is impossible you need to have players available for you.

“We had a problem for a month with only Ben Davies at left-back. Now we have Ben and Reguilon and we need to have that in every position. That’s what we need because we have a lot to play for.”

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Many Spurs fans already seem to have written this season off on the back of our poor run of form over the last two months. However, there is still every chance that this could go down as one of our most successful seasons in recent history given that we still have the Carabao Cup final to look forward to and are going strong in the Europa League. I personally do not believe that we are out of contention for the top four spots, particularly given that the likes of Dele and Bale seem to be hitting form at the right time.

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