Spurs aren’t happy with how they ended Saturday’s 3-2 win over Bournemouth, but they know they more than controlled the proceedings and collected the three points that matter so much.
Tottenham improved to 3-0 in all competitions under Jose Mourinho, building a three-goal lead over the Cherries in moving into fifth place for the time being.
[ RECAP: Spurs 3-2 Bournemouth ]
“I felt the boys felt a bit tired after playing a high intensity game, but we had the chance to score the fourth goals, but then in the Premier League the game is always alive,” Mourinho said. “We played well for long period of the games, we had a few scary moments but I think the fans enjoyed. We scored seven goals in four days.”
Dele Alli starred with two goals, and has been a different player in recent weeks.
Mourinho is loving what he’s seeing out of a player who’s had an off period following a superstar start to life in the Premier League.
“He plays in a position where he feels happy and comfortable, we also give him space for his creativity which he always has,” Mourinho said of Dele. “I think he played three phenomenal matches since I arrived.”
The supporters have tentatively climbed about the Mou train, giving him a fine reception at home.
The manager is pleased with that.
“The fans love the club, I’m not saying they love me but they accept me as a top professional who wants to give everything for the club,” Mourinho said, via the BBC.
“People have more reasons to love me if they like my work, but the fans are behind the team and the see us working hard to get to a position in the table that is more suitable to the talent of this squad.”
Up next is a big one for the boss, and his new charges are ready for the atmosphere.
Eric Dier is aware of what midweek means for Jose Mourinho, away to Manchester United.
“Next one is a massive game for us and also for the manager coming back to his old club and it’s always a great place to go,” Dier said. “We had some good results there and hopefully we can have another one.”