Deli Alli was in sensational form as he scored twice to help ​Tottenham overcome Bournemouth 3-2 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday in the Premier League.

The north London side began slowly, with Arnaut Danjuma testing Paulo Gazzaniga early on. However, it was the home side that took the lead midway through the first half through Alli, following a lovely touch from Son Heung-min. 

Mourinho's men thought they had made it two just four minutes later through Davinson Sanchez, but his strike was ruled out by VAR for handball. 

They continued to press forward and eventually did double their lead five minutes into the second half as Alli latched on to another long ball, controlling neatly and firing home.

The Lilywhites began to turn on the style and Moussa Sissoko made it three on 69 minutes, poking home a wonderful cross by Son. However, Eddie Howe's men were able to pull a goal back four minutes later through substitute Harry Wilson, who bent in a stunning free kick from the edge of the area.

With only seconds remaining, Wilson struck once more, but the hosts were able to hold on to pick up all three points.


Key Talking Point

Saturday's encounter saw Jose Mourinho take charge of his first home game in the league. As a result, he will have been hoping for a strong showing from his side - and a positive result to help push them up the table.

In his opening two matches in charge, the north London side scored seven times, but also conceded an alarming four goals. Once again, Christian Eriksen started from the bench, but the manager did bring in Jan Vertonghen at left-back to provide some more defensive stability.

Diego Rico,Moussa Sissoko

After a slow start, Spurs began to move through the gears and took the lead just after the 20 minute mark. From then, they went on to control the game, with the players looking confident in their play.

​​The only criticism of the performance is the fact that they were unable to keep a clean sheet once again, which Mourinho will certainly look to rectify immediately. They were cruising and the manager will be slightly concerned by the fact the team almost threw away a three-goal lead. Overall, however, it was another three points and, on the whole, a very positive display.  


Player Ratings

Starting XI: Gazzaniga (5); Aurier (6), Alderweireld (6), Sanchez (7), Vertonghen (6); Dier (5), Ndombele (5); Sissoko (6), Dele (9*), Son (8); Kane (6).

Substitutes: Lucas (6), Lo Celso (N/A).

STAR PLAYER - When Dele Alli is at his best, he is an outstanding player.

While Davinson Sanchez deserves a special mention for his impressive display on Saturday, it was the English midfielder who was Spurs' standout performer. Constantly picking up pockets of space, he was a nightmare to defend against and the Bournemouth players were simply incapable of getting close to him.

Dele Alli

When out of possession, he would drop deep to bolster the numbers in midfield, but would look to spring forward when the ball was overturned. When it was played long by Toby Alderweireld, he was already there acting as a second (or third) striker to latch on to Son's pass and tap home. 

He continued to shine throughout and the ball stuck to his feet like glue. Two goals and, overall, a wonderful display once more from the 23-year-old.




Key Talking Point

Although Bournemouth came into the clash one point behind Tottenham, they have been on a poor run of form of late - picking up just one win from eight matches in all competitions. Most recently, Eddie Howe's men slumped to a surprise defeat to Newcastle, before losing at home to Wolves.

However, the team came flying out of the traps and created the better opportunities. The game eventually settled down and although it was a fairly even contest, a momentary lapse in concentration from the Cherries' defence gave the hosts the lead. It was another long ball straight over the top that caused so many problems for Spurs' second goal.


This will have frustrated Howe as both goals should have been dealt with. Elsewhere, while the midfielders looked bright and were constantly thinking positively, attacks often broke down as both Callum Wilson and Dominic Solanke struggled to hold on to the ball.

That being said, Howe will have been delighted by his side's response after going three goals down, with a belief and confidence coming into their play. While they came very close to pulling off a comeback, it ended, frustratingly, in defeat.


Player Ratings

Starting XI: Ramsdale (6); Stacey (4), Cook (5), Ake (5), Rico (5); Fraser (5), Lerma (5), L. Cook (6), Danjuma (7), Solanke (4), C. Wilson (5).

Substitutes: H. Wilson (8*), Gosling (5).

STAR PLAYER - Harry Wilson made a significant contribution when he came onto the field with his simply sublime free kick giving them hope.

Mourinho's men struggled to deal with him when he entered the field and he provided some much-needed quality to help get his side back into the game. While his brace wasn't enough to save his side from defeat, he was certainly the standout performer and will be hoping that this performance will see him restored to the starting lineup next time out. 



Looking Ahead

Mourinho will take his Spurs side to his former club on Wednesday, taking on Manchester United at Old Trafford. They then host Burnley on Saturday.

Bournemouth, meanwhile, face a trip to take on Crystal Palace in midweek, hosting table toppers Liverpool the following weekend.