Alli and Bale can help form front six to transform Spurs and save Mourinho’s job
The calls for Dele Alli and Gareth Bale to start for Tottenham have gone up a few more notches following their starring roles in the Europa League win over Wolfsberger AC, reports the football.london.
Leading 4-1 going into the second leg after their victory in Budapest last Thursday, Jose Mourinho’s men progressed through to the final 16 of the competition with a convincing 4-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
It was, as expected, rather straightforward for the Lilywhites but they could have won by more given the amount of chances they created against their Austrian opponents.
The first half wasn’t exactly entertaining but it was Alli who lit up the opening 45 minutes with a sublime overhead kick after 10 minutes.
Collecting Matt Doherty’s cross just inside the box and taking a touch to set himself up, the 24-year-old gave Wolfsberger AC goalkeeper Manuel Kuttin no chance as his stunning effort nestled into the corner.
It was a sublime goal and better than Olivier Giroud’s bicycle effort for Chelsea in the Champions League 24 hours earlier.
Mourinho applauded his player on the touchline after the ball hit the net and he was waxing lyrical about the strike when speaking to the media in his post-match press conference.
“The goal I don’t need to speak, because everyone watched it and I believe that all around the world on all these sports TV, people are going to watch it, no need to talk about it. but for me the globality of the performance is what matters. He played very well in every aspect of the game, he played very well,” explained the head coach.
“Of course he’s not fresh, of course you can feel that his performance like in the first leg from minute 55-60 is going always to go down, which is normal due to the circumstances, injured, not training for a long time, coming from a couple of weeks.
“But in this moment when we are going to play every three days, 10 matches in March, to have Dele back at this level, is amazing. But I wouldn’t say Dele only. Winks, Sissoko, just to give two more examples, to have them back to this level, we need more than ever.”
Teeing up Carlos Vinicius shortly after the restart with a pinpoint cross, the player was at it again in the closing stages as he played in Bale, who in turn expertly found the top corner with a first-time shot.
A goal that would’ve dominated the headlines in any other game, it unfortunately won’t be talked about as much as it should because of Alli’s brilliance in the opening few minutes of the contest.
Two players who have been in the headlines this season for all the wrong reasons, both Alli and Bale have demonstrated in the past few games that they still have so much to offer Tottenham this campaign.
With the former playing a miserly 113 minutes across six Premier League games this term after missing out on Mourinho’s squad more often than not, a combination of injury and fitness issues has limited Bale to only 292 minutes from eight league games.
Previously not taking his opportunities in the league, notably his dire display away at Brighton & Hove Albion, the Welshman has caught the eye in the past two fixtures against Man City and West Ham to give Mourinho something to think about.
Alli also seems to be edging back to his best recently and it has left Tottenham fans wanting more.
Well, they may be about to get exactly what they crave from the pair between now and the end of the season going on their upturn in form.