Alli double sends Tottenham up to fifth
LONDON, DEC 1: Jose Mourinho's perfect start as Tottenham manager stretched to three games as Spurs saw off Bournemouth 3-2 thanks to Dele Alli's double on Saturday.
Recovering Alli's form of old was one of Mourinho's stated priorities when taking charge last week and it is already paying dividends as the England international has now scored three times in three games under Mourinho.
Moussa Sissoko scored his first goal for over two years in emphatic fashion on the volley from Son Heung-min's cross to make it 3-0 before two goals from substitute Harry Wilson gave Bournemouth late hope of a dramatic comeback.
"I'm happy with many things in the game and I think we have to improve other aspects, which is normal," said Mourinho, whose side move up to fifth in the Premier League and within six points of a return to the top four.
"We didn't start well again, we didn't finish well, but we played well for a long, long period in the game. I'm pleased with the victory, the points, the flair and the quality of the goals."
Often criticised for an overly negative approach throughout his managerial career, Mourinho has now overseen 16 goals in his first three games in charge.
That includes conceding twice in all three games, but Mourinho's risk in exposing his midfield with Alli playing so high just behind Harry Kane has also reaped plenty of reward in his first two weeks in charge.
"For me Dele is not a midfield player, he is a player to play like he is playing, close to Harry. I think this is the best positon for him," added Mourinho.
"He's the best thing that can happen to a coach because everybody speaks about him, you (media), the fans speak about him for the right reasons.
"He's playing really, really, really well and I could not ask any more from him."
Alli and Kane combined to create Spurs' first chance after an unsettled start as Son scampered clear on goal, but the South Korean dragged his shot just wide.
Son was more accurate with his next involvement as he was picked out perfectly by Toby Alderweireld's pass in behind the Bournemouth defence and his cushioned touch left Alli with the simple task of tapping home his first goal of the match. -AFP