Jose Mourinho described Dele Alli as a “crew participant” after the out-of-favour playmaker’s efficiency helped Tottenham to the brink of qualification for the Europa League knockout stage because of a 4-0 win towards Ludogorets.
Alli shone in a Spurs crew that repeated the dominance they displayed within the 3-1 win in Bulgaria three weeks in the past to maneuver inside a degree of reaching the competitors’s final 32.
Carlos Vinicius translated his facet’s superiority into two objectives earlier than half-time – his first for the membership.
The Brazilian, on a season-long mortgage from Benfica, acquired his second because of Alli’s selfless cross throughout aim when he might simply have shot himself.
It was Alli’s first look for Spurs since he was taken off at half-time within the 1-0 defeat by Royal Antwerp on 26 October.
Mourinho stated: “He might attempt to rating however for Vinicius it was a straightforward aim. A crew participant does that, no threat and 2-0. It doesn’t shock me that he did that.
“Dele was just like the crew. An excellent first half. Within the second half within the first 20 to 25 minutes they closed and tried to not concede extra objectives.
“We grew to become a little bit bit extra passive and we by no means actually felt the specter of a attainable aim. We let it go down a little bit bit.”
The Premier League leaders, tied on 9 factors on the prime of Group J however second to Antwerp because of an inferior head-to-head file, can seal qualification with a draw away to Austrian facet LASK subsequent Thursday.
Harry Winks added a 3rd from 50 yards – though afterwards admitted he was attempting to cross to Gareth Bale relatively than shoot – as he caught out Ludogorets keeper Plamen Iliev halfway via the second half.
Vinicius then turned supplier for compatriot Lucas Moura to wrap up a good-looking victory.
Solely Tanguy Ndombele retained his beginning place from Saturday’s victory over Manchester Metropolis, with Mourinho opting to relaxation key gamers earlier than Sunday’s Premier League assembly with third-placed Chelsea.
It was a fifth straight win for Spurs, whose shock defeat by Antwerp – their opponents within the closing group sport – is their solely defeat in 16 matches in all competitions.
Alli decided to show level
Alli and Vinicius had been two of 4 gamers substituted after 45 minutes within the defeat by Antwerp, however each impressed on this event – albeit towards restricted opposition.
Previous to Thursday’s match, Alli had twice been changed at half-time in his three begins this season however the 24-year-old confirmed glimpses of his outdated self in an instrumental show.
It was Alli’s through-ball, meant for Bale, which was deflected into the trail of Vinicius for Spurs’ Sixteenth-minute breakthrough.
The England playmaker then nudged the ball into Vinicius’ path for the Brazilian striker’s second after he adopted up Ndombele’s saved shot.
The previous MK Dons participant continued to work arduous till his 81st-minute substitution, wrestling again possession and discovering the full of life Vinicius to arrange Moura’s fourth.
It was a step in the appropriate route for Alli who, having been linked with a transfer from Spurs over the summer time, has lower a peripheral determine this time period.
However with 10 video games in 32 days to return for Spurs earlier than the top of the 12 months, this efficiency could persuade Mourinho he can depend on Alli for the challenges forward.
Spurs preserve momentum
Mourinho spoke of Tottenham’s ongoing “evolution” following their assertion win towards Pep Guardiola’s Metropolis – however insisted his facet should not preventing to win the Premier League regardless of being prime of the desk this far right into a top-flight season for the primary time since 1985.
Attempt as he would possibly to quell discuss of a title problem, the very fact Tottenham are in pole place with near 1 / 4 of such an unpredictable marketing campaign gone can’t be disregarded.
The simple win towards Ludogorets was the most recent suggestion – a 12 months on from the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino – that Mourinho’s in-form facet are in competition to finish a 12-year trophy drought.
Ought to success not arrive domestically, the squad depth demonstrated by Thursday’s 10 adjustments suggests the Europa League – which Mourinho received with Manchester United in 2017 – provides a sensible path to silverware.
With the consequence determined, 16-year-old Dane Scarlett got here on instead to change into Spurs’ youngest participant in a aggressive sport and twice went near scoring a debut aim as Spurs introduced the final 32 firmly in sight.
Spurs’ finest run for 2 years – the stats
- Tottenham have received 5 consecutive matches in all competitions for the primary time since a run of six underneath Mauricio Pochettino in November 2018.
- Mourinho’s facet have saved three consecutive clear sheets for the primary time since April 2019.
- Spurs have scored in 25 of their 26 residence matches within the Europa League because the competitors’s rebranding in 2009-10.
- Carlos Vinicius’ first objectives for Spurs arrived in his fifth look for the membership in all competitions. He has been concerned in 5 objectives in 4 European video games for Tottenham.
- Harry Winks’ aim got here from a distance of 53.7 yards – solely two objectives have been scored from additional out within the Europa League since 2009-10 (Jordi Gomez for Omonia Nicosia towards PSV (61.2 yards) and Kemar Roofe for Rangers towards Customary Liege (55.4 yards) – each in October of this 12 months).
Tottenham are away to Chelsea on Sunday at 16:30 GMT, earlier than travelling to LASK of their penultimate Europa League group sport subsequent Thursday (17:55).
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Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 4, Ludogorets Razgrad 0.
Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 4, Ludogorets Razgrad 0.
Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Dimitar Mitkov (Ludogorets Razgrad).
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Tottenham Hotspur) is proven the yellow card for a nasty foul.
Foul by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Tottenham Hotspur).
Ivan Yordanov (Ludogorets Razgrad) wins a free kick within the attacking half.
Substitution, Ludogorets Razgrad. Dimitar Mitkov replaces Dominik Yankov.
Substitution, Ludogorets Razgrad. Ivan Yordanov replaces Stéphane Badji.
Try missed. Harvey White (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outdoors the field is shut, however misses to the left. Assisted by Dane Scarlett.
Try saved. Dane Scarlett (Tottenham Hotspur) proper footed shot from the centre of the field is saved within the backside left nook. Assisted by Harry Winks with a via ball.
Nook, Ludogorets Razgrad. Conceded by Davinson Sánchez.
Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Dane Scarlett replaces Lucas Moura.
Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Harvey White replaces Dele Alli.
Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Alfie Whiteman replaces Joe Hart.
Foul by Jack Clarke (Tottenham Hotspur).
Anton Nedyalkov (Ludogorets Razgrad) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Try missed. Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur) proper footed shot from outdoors the field is simply too excessive. Assisted by Jack Clarke.
Foul by Carlos Vinicius (Tottenham Hotspur).
Cauly (Ludogorets Razgrad) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
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