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Alli: ‘Arrogance, over-confidence’ cost Spurs in Man Utd loss

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Tottenham Hotspur suffered their first loss of the Jose Mourinho era on Wednesday — a 2-1 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford — which suddenly resurgent star Dele Alli believes was down to his side’s “arrogance” and “over-confidence.”

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Speaking after Wednesday’s game, Alli, who scored a sensational solo goal (WATCH HERE) to bring Tottenham level in the first half, revealed that he foresaw and tried to combat those destructive feelings, as well as the mindset of Man United playing at home against another of the “top-six sides” — quotes from the Guardian:

“I tried to fight exactly that state of mind. I tried to tell them exactly the way United approach these matches at home — against Liverpool [1-1 draw], against Chelsea [4-0 win], always they start strong with people running, pressing, trying to lift the morale of the supporters.

“Normally they come from bad results against smaller teams so when they face the big teams people think it’s going to be more difficult for them. It’s not more difficult for them because the style changes and they feel comfortable against this style of play.

“In the second half, we knew what we were going to do with the result at 1-1. After one minute you concede a goal. We have to blame ourselves. I think United must obviously be happy with the points, and overall they deserved it.”

Two takeaways form Alli’s comments:

1. Alli appears to have taken a much larger role in leadership within the team, taking it upon himself to “try to tell [his teammates]” what to expect and how to approach a given game. Given his red-hot form of late (four goals in four games), Alli’s confidence has clearly been restored by Mourinho’s arrival.

2. Speaking of positive feelings restored, the fact that Spurs felt “arrogant” or “over-confident” this season is news itself, the surest sign that the season can be salvaged, and an indication that three wins from Mourinho’s first three games were more than the standard “new manager bump.”

Mourinho on loss at Old Trafford, Dele says Spurs ‘overconfident’

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In-form Dele Alli was disappointing his Tottenham Hotspur couldn’t get a win for Jose Mourinho in the manager’s return to Old Trafford.

Marcus Rashford scored twice in a 2-1 win for the Red Devils, who slowed the Spurs resurgence under the Portuguese tactician.

[ RECAP: Man Utd 2-1 Spurs ]

“We want to win any game and you want to win for the new manager at his old place.”

Dele said maybe Spurs had gotten a bit too high on their headlines after an impressive start to life after Mauricio Pochettino.

“Maybe it was a little bit of arrogance and overconfidence,” Dele said. “We’ve been playing well. You have to have confidence and arrogance in games like this but have to use it in the right way. We were a bit sloppy but you can’t do it in games like this or you’ll get punished. … We’ve spent a lot of years together. We have to learn from this. Games like this bring your feet back down.

When asked about it, Mourinho admitted, “That’s exactly what I was trying to stop in them.”

Mourinho was not pleased with the overall effort, especially at the start of both halves. He said the first goal was “impossible to concede,” saying his side was “sleeping.”

United looked irrepressible in the first half hour or so, and Mourinho did not deny it (via Football.London).

“I think for 30 minutes they were not just better than us, they were much better than us. They were better than us in aggression and intensity, winning 50-50 duels. We were lucky. Then at the end of the first half we were us, and United were worried. In the second half we made some adjustments and we thought we were going to win it. The second goal is hard to process.”

The United fans were kind to Mourinho in his return.

It was nice, polite, educated and what I was expecting,” he said.

Rashford ruins Mourinho’s Old Trafford return

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Marcus Rashford scored twice to ruin Jose Mourinho’s return to Old Trafford, as Manchester United topped Spurs 2-1 on Wednesday.

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The win propelled United ahead of Spurs and into sixth place, eight points back of the Top Four.

Dele Alli scored a wonderful goal for Tottenham, who drops into eight with 20 points.


Three things we learned

1. Rashford ruins reunion in eye-popping fashion: Put simply, Rashford was everywhere. The English center forward scored twice, the second a conversion of a penalty he won. He also smashed a distance shot that Paulo Gazzaniga saved in outstanding fashion, and completed five dribbles. A forceful day.

2. McTominay all important to banner moment for under-fire Solskjaer: Mourinho brought Scott McTominay into United’s first team, and will rue how influential the Scottish international was in marshaling the hosts’ midfield. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s future has been in question, but his game plan worked despite the absences of Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial. It’s a very good moment for the Norwegian’s hopes of extending life at Old Trafford.

3. Maguire, Lindelof put clamps on Kane : Tottenham’s star center forward had an awful day at the office, completing under 60 percent of his passes and managing two shots: one off target and another blocked by United.

Man of the Match: Rashford.


United took the lead when Jesse Lingard back heeled the ball to Rashford, who was wide open thanks to the laissez-faire marking of Serge Aurier. Rashford beat Paulo Gazzaniga to the near post for 1-0 in the sixth minute. The keeper will have wanted to do much better.

Spurs seemed to snap awake after the concession, and the next big moment was a slide from Daniel James that felled Mourinho on the touch line and left the United attacker requiring medical treatment.

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Fred won a dangerous free kick in the 17th minute, and Rashford spun it just wide of the upper 90.

Gazzaniga made a fine low save on Mason Greenwood in the 23rd, a slight bit of redemption.

Rashford was feeling it, and tore into a 30-yard shot that Gazzaniga somehow pushed off the cross bar.

Dele continued his resurgence with a gorgeous flick in traffic to fool Fred and Ashley Young before lashing past De Gea for 1-1.

Moussa Sissoko conceded a penalty to give Rashford a chance to put United in front, and the Englishman delivered the goods after a stuttering run-up.

Gazzaniga stopped a James shot in the 69th minute to keep it 2-1. Spurs kept pressing, and De Gea made a fine denial of a Dele shot deep in stoppage time.

AT HALF: Dele conjures clever equalizer for Spurs; Saints up 2

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Six Wednesday matches are underway, with all but one at the break.

That hasn’t stopped the sixth from getting in on the action, as Divock Origi has undressed Jordan Pickford after a delightful pass from Sadio Mane on the counter attack.

Chelsea 1-1 Aston Villa – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]

Tammy Abraham scored against his former club, who got a 41st minute answer through Trezeguet.

Wolves 1-0 West Ham – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]

Leander Dendoncker is the man on the score sheet, as Wolves seek sole possession of fifth place.

Manchester United 1-1 Tottenham – NBCSN [STREAM]

Marcus Rashford scored a goal and forced an outrageous save out of Paulo Gazzaniga minutes later, but the highlight of the day is this clever goal from Dele Alli.

Southampton 2-0 Norwich City – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]

Danny Ings — who else? — continues to keep Saints’ hopes afloat, scoring another big goal at St. Mary’s. Ryan Bertrand‘s added one, as Southampton is flying against the grounded Canaries.

Leicester City 0-0 Watford – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]

Interim boss Hayden Mullins has the Hornets alive against the dangerous Foxes, who saw Jamie Vardy booked for diving.

Liverpool 1-0 Everton – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]

Just underway in the Merseyside Derby, and Origi has already found the score sheet.

Mourinho praises ‘phenomenal’ Dele, Spurs supporters

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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.”