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
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.
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.
This is the tottenham i love, rolling back to 2 years ago #TOTBOU— jd (@jd11428663) November 30, 2019
Only criticism of this Spurs performance today is how wasteful they've been in front of goal. Should be at least 5 or 6. #TOTBOU— Kieran Burke ⚽️ (@Kieran_B_Sport) November 30, 2019
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.
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.
Mourinho is really doing something right about Dele Alli. #TOTBOU— Odun Ola (@abbide) November 30, 2019
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.
Two long balls and two goals conceded! Up the cherries #afcb— MagicalBrooks (@BloomingBrooks) November 30, 2019
Giving things a real go. Severely lacking in any end product in the final third as usual #afcb— Ed Wooldridge (@eWoold) November 30, 2019
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.
HE'S DONE IT AGAIN. Lovely free kick from Harry Wilson. Curls it over the wall beyond Gazzaniga. 3-1.— Peter Rutzler (@peterrutzler) November 30, 2019
Anyone actually still think Harry Wilson isn’t a better squad player than Adam Lallana ?— LFC (@RockyKlopp) November 30, 2019
Harry Wilson scored 2 goals after getting subbed on in the 63rd min against Tottenham today, and now has 6 goals this season. Also won 100% of his take ons.— Maxi (@MaaxiAngelo) November 30, 2019
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.