Tottenham Hotspur

Jose Mourinho on possibility of starting Dele Alli & Gareth Bale with Harry Kane & Son Heung-min

By Sean Walsh
Feb 26, 2021, 1:50 PM GMT
There appears to be a bromance brewing between Bale and Dele
There appears to be a bromance brewing between Bale and Dele | Julian Finney/Getty Images
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Jose Mourinho was coy on the possibility of starting Dele Alli, Gareth Bale, Son Heung-min and Harry Kane together for Tottenham, stressing he has a lot of quality in his squad.

The quartet did feature together in Spurs' 2-1 loss West Ham last week, and in a season where they've been desperately been lacking imagination at the top end of the pitch, it was refreshing to see so many attacking players on the same wavelength in spite of the defeat.

When it was put to Mourinho that fans had been longing to see a frontline containing Dele, Bale, Son and Kane and if they would be starting together anytime soon, he replied: "Did you give me four names or 11? You want to give the other seven?

"You could see against West Ham, it was not from the start of the game, but for 20 minutes or so you had Bale, Lucas, Dele, Harry, Sonny, so you had it.

"We didn't turn the result around, we didn't score to win that game, but we could leave the game with positive feelings. They played well, the interaction was good, we created chances, all of them they had their ball to score their goal, it was positive."

Mourinho also pointed out that he has other options beyond Spurs' star names that he can rely upon, particularly Giovani Lo Celso, who has returned to training following a number of injury layoffs.

Dele scored a stunning overhead kick in the Europa League on Wednesday
Dele scored a stunning overhead kick in the Europa League on Wednesday | Julian Finney/Getty Images

"Since the beginning of the season I'm saying that I don't forget Gio because he's out for two or three months or whatever," he added.

"I don't forget him because he also belongs to that quality of the creative players, as well as Tanguy [Ndombele] and we could even speak [about] Lamela, Bergwijn.

"We have players with these qualities. When they are in top form and when they are fit and when they are ready to play matches, it's never a problem for good players to play together."

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