Tottenham Hotspur star, Dele Alli, has had a sensational start to life under Jose Mourinho in North London this past week.
Mourinho was hired by Daniel Levy and the board after they announced the shock decision to sack Mauricio Pochettino in the international break.
The Special One came in and won Tottenham’s first away match since January 2019 as the club defeated West Ham United 3-2 at the London Stadium.
Spurs then went on to not only beat Olympiacos 4-2 last night in the Champions League, but also qualify for the knockout stages in the process.
Dele Alli has been instrumental in both wins for the Lilywhites, playing a part in setting up two goals against the Hammers, while scoring one of his own last night at the new stadium.
It looks as if the midfielder is putting his injury problems and poor form behind him under the new manager, however, he does admit that his body can’t do what it once could.
Dele said (Football London): “As I’m getting older, my body can’t do what it used to as much so I am working a lot more off the pitch, in the gym on my hamstrings because I’ve picked up a few hamstring problems. I’m looking around, every little one per cent can help. When you are young and naive maybe you don’t think that but as you get a bit older and you learn more – I’m looking to get that little per cent from everything I can. I’m still young, I still make mistakes, I’m 23 years old so as long as I learn from my mistakes, I think that’s the most important thing. Everything you go through in life, even not in football – everyone is going to make mistakes, you’ve just got to make sure you learn from them in the right way.
“I think it’s all still very natural. I can’t make excuses for last season. To be honest, I am tired of trying to as well because I know in myself that it wasn’t good enough. But I have showed my level from growing up, even when I was playing at MK and when I came into the Premier League. Coming from League One in the Premier League, you have to be mentally strong. The route I’ve took, you have to be mentally strong.
“Nothing is going to stop me from achieving what I want to achieve. That’s the main thing. I want to reach my full potential. I know I’ve had a year of not performing as well I should have. I’ve picked up a few stupid injuries and it’s tough to take, like I said. But I know where I want to go, I know what I want to achieve as a player. So I am just going to keep working hard to make sure I get stronger and stronger.”
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