Spurs 3-2 Bournemouth Report

Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 AFC Bournemouth Match Report

Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 AFC Bournemouth Match Report

Jose Mourinho got his third win in as many games on Saturday as Spurs move up to 5th in the Premier League after they beat Bournemouth 3-2. Mourinho even managed to get a goal-scoring tune of out Moussa Sissoko – his first goal for Spurs in 69 Premier League appearances.

Mourinho opted with playing Davinson Sanchez in the full-back position whilst the Portuguese manager kept his faith in Eric Dier in the middle of the park despite subbing Dier in the week after 30 minutes – just another example of Mourinho’s man-management qualities.

Spurs got off to the best possible start and who else but that man Dele Alli opened the scoring. Looking back to his best since the arrival of Mourinho, he was played in smartly by Son Heung-min after Toby Alderweireld played a through ball over the top of the Bournemouth back line.

Tottenham should have had a penalty not long after as Steve Cook handled the ball in the area. A glaringly obviously handball that should have seen Spurs awarded a penalty.

The second half saw nearly a carbon copy of the first goal occur. Another long ball over the top of Bournemouth’s high line meant Dele Alli was able to get in behind before finishing with aplomb. Steve Cook was caught square on which allowed Alli to chest the ball down, drive into the box before chipping the oncoming Cherries goalkeeper. A super finish by a player in form.

Next came the goal of the game. A swooshing move from Spurs. Son flicked a ball around the corner to Alli who held the ball up well before accurately playing a through ball back to Son who galloped past Ake who teed up a lovely cross for the outstretched Moussa Sissoko. The Frenchman’s first goal in 69 Premier League appearances having last scored in 2017. You could see the elation on the faces of both Tottenham players and fans and the midfielder breathed a sigh of relief.

Spurs certainly don’t make things easy for themselves. They conceded two late goals from on loan Liverpool forward Harry Wilson and it could’ve been three if it wasn’t for a last ditch tackle from the outstretched Jan Vertonghen. Spurs have to tighten up and quick. It’s something Mourinho will look to address immediately and they could strengthen their defence in January.

Man of the match

Dele Alli looked back to his best again for Spurs. The addition of Jose Mourinho has done wonders for the boys confidence. Two goals and playing with real swagger, Dele is back.

Jose’s thoughts

“The best thing that can happen to a coach is when you don’t need to speak about a player because everybody speaks, all of you, fans, everybody speaks about him and speaks about him for the right reasons. He’s playing really, really, really well. I couldn’t ask for any more from him. He’s playing amazing, scoring goals, assisting, working, fantastic.”

On Dele Alli

“A player of such quality it’s not possible that he’s not performing at a high level, okay, sometimes players are not in the best performance level, but normally with a little bit of up and down you need to perform according to your potential.

 

“I find him a good guy in the group. He’s a group guy, not really this kind of selfish person who thinks and speaks only about himself. Not at all. He’s a Spurs boy, a group boy. The group is a good family. They have very good empathy between them. I just feel that now it’s self-esteem coming up and lots of confidence to play.”