Mourinho explains good-humoured dig at ‘fantastic’ Alli

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is determined to bring back the “real Dele Alli” and help the England international rediscover his best form.

Injuries and poor performances have seen midfielder Alli fall out of the reckoning with the Three Lions, but Spurs’ new head coach has plans to reinvigorate the 23-year-old.

“I have already spoken with him and I asked him if he was Dele or Dele’s brother,” Mourinho explained ahead of Saturday’s Premier League match at West Ham.

“He told me he was Dele. ‘OK,’ I said. ‘Play like Dele’.

“I think he is potentially a fantastic player. Now I have to create a tactical situation he is happy with, give him the right dynamics and prepare him physically well because he has had important injuries and he is not on the top of his form.

“I cannot expect him to play on Saturday – if he plays – and go there and be man of the match.

“But he needs to go through a process that will bring the real Dele back because the real Dele is the one who in the last few years has impressed us all.”


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