“Wonderful problems” – Mourinho responds when asked if Dele has caused a selection issue

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Dele Alli
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Jose Mourinho has admitted that he loves having selection headaches after being posed the question about Dele Alli’s performance against Wolfsberger.

The midfielder arguably put in his best performance of the season so far after he was instrumental in many of the good moves that Tottenham put together on the night. 

Dele opened the scoring with a moment of genius when he found the corner of the net with a brilliantly improvised overhead kick.

The midfielder also bagged two more assists in the second half, picking out Carlos Vinicius with a pin-point cross for the Brazilian to head home Spurs’ second before playing a perfectly-weighted cross-field pass for substitute Gareth Bale to curl home the third. 

While Alli’s brilliant goal understandably grabbed the headlines, Mourinho revealed that he was most pleased with the midfielder’s all-round display. 

The Tottenham boss also admitted that it is great to have the 24-year-old coming into form at a crucial part of the season.

When asked if the England international’s display will cause him any issues for Sunday’s match against Burnley, he told Football.London: “These are the headaches that I love. The headaches that you don’t like are the headaches of selection. Lots of people not performing. Lots of doubts, by negative reasons.

“These are the wonderful problems. But playing Sunday, and playing Wednesday at Fulham, and Sunday against Palace, and playing Thursday in Europa League again, that’s what I need.

“The players they need to understand this concept of team, and the intensity of matches. and if you have everybody ready or play at this level, it’s the best thing to happen to the team.”

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When Dele was handed starts in the Europa League group stages, his attitude sometimes seemed a little off to me and it looked like he was playing with a chip on his shoulder. However, the midfielder’s body language was noticeably different against Wolfsberger as he worked his socks off and seemed to be enjoying himself. He has certainly done his chances of getting more game time in the Premier League no harm with that performance.

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