Unlike Jose Mourinho, Spurs Manager Counts on Dele Ali to Show Up for Team This Season

Published 08/23/2021, 8:38 AM EDT


Jose Mourinho is one of the best known managers in Europe. After managing clubs like Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid to name a few, Mourinho was chosen as the successor to Mauricio Pochettino in the Tottenham Hotspur dugout.

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Taking over a club plagued with injuries, Mourinho had a tough job at hand but eventually led the Spurs to a spot in the Europa League. Though he was eventually sacked, the Portuguese brought the best out of players like Harry Kane and Heung Min-Son.

While Jose might have brought the best out of some players, in his time with the Spurs, he froze out some regular starters from the team. One of the casualties was Dele Alli. Playing with a counter attacking approach, Alli couldn’t showcase his skill-set and at one point his departure looked imminent. But ever since Mourinho’s sacking, the English man has slowly but steadily gained back his form.

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Nuno Espirito Santo puts his faith on Jose Mourinho reject Dele Alli

The 25-year-old has already established himself as a starter under new boss Nuno Espirito Santo. After a quiet first game, the English midfielder certainly made his mark in the team’s second game of the season. Winning the penalty and scoring it, Alli was the difference maker in the game as Spurs won 1-0.

Nuno Espirito Santo was all praises for Alli. In a recent press conference, the Portuguese spoke about how impressed he was with Alli’s performance and how his work ethic was impeccable.

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“He’s working very hard. I think all the team is working hard. We still have a long way to go and are working very hard to improve, the relationship between players and being very versatile enough.”

“Dele did a very good job, and he worked very hard. He scored in the beginning of the game and in the last minutes of the game he was running all over the pitch so that shows the level of fitness that he has and the belief that he has. A huge, huge help.”

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After two disappointing seasons in the league, Alli is finally showing why he was revered as the next big thing. Still only 25, the English midfielder is entering the prime of his career, Alli can still turn things around. Is this the season we finally see the renaissance of Dele Alli?

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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