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Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has admitted that he has been impressed with Dele Alli’s return to form. The midfielder starred during the club’s 4-0 win over RZ Pellets WAC in the Europa League on Wednesday night, as he fired a spectacular overhead kick into the back of the net.
Mourinho still has the opportunity to bring silverware back to north London with Spurs still in with a shout of winning both the Europa League and Carabao Cup. Alli’s heroics in midweek marked a welcome return to the attention for the England midfielder.
The Portuguese told reporters in Friday’s press conference that Eric Dier had previously claimed the performance of the entire team needed to be successful to allow individual players to shine.
“One of my players, Eric Dier, told me something like ‘individual performances are not very good when the collective performance is not good’,” said Mourinho. “He’s right, that goes in both directions. So I agree with Eric and in relation to Dele, when you have players performing like he did, it’s easier for the team to play well and when the team plays well it’s easier for players to perform well individually.
“I’m happy with him. [He’s had a] difficult period. Sometimes small injuries in accumulation are more difficult than a big injury where after a few weeks or months you are back. Small injuries are mentally not good, players getting disappointed, lack of motivation, frustration. He went through all of that. He came back.
“We had good conversations, [he is] training well, playing minutes or part of matches. Not yet a 90 minute match, but he went through periods and basically now 75 or 80 minutes. [His] condition is also improving. His feelings after matches always is better.”