Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho responds to Dele Alli transfer speculation

Tottenham hammer Southampton

Sunday’s early Premier League clash pitted Tottenham against Southampton.

Both outfits headed into the tie in search of their first league win of the season, after respective 1-0 losses on the opening weekend.

And it would be Southampton who opened the scoring on Sunday, through Danny Ings’ 32nd-minute strike.

Heung-min Son then levelled things up in first-half injury time, bringing an end to a pretty even opening 45.

The second-half, however, very much belonged to Tottenham.

South Korean international Son fired Spurs into the lead two minutes after the break, before incredibly finding the net again in both the 64th and 73rd minutes.

Harry Kane, who had assisted all four of Son’s goals, then finally added his name to the scoresheet eight minutes from time.

Ings went on add his second of the day from the penalty spot in the 90th minute, but, when all was said and done, it proved little more than a consolation for Southampton.

Highlights: Southampton 2 – Tottenham 5

Mourinho on Dele Alli

Following his side’s demolition of the Saints, Jose Mourinho spoke to the media on Sunday afternoon.

The veteran boss was drawn on a number of topics during the press conference, one of which surrounded Dele Alli.

After being hooked at half-time vs Everton on the season’s opening weekend, Alli has since been omitted from Spurs’ last two matchday squads – including on Sunday.

The English international’s absence has coincided with reports that French powerhouse PSG are expressing an interest in his signature.

As a result, Mourinho was inevitably asked if Alli could indeed be on his way out of the club, to which the Tottenham boss replied:

“I’m not responsible for the market. I don’t know how to answer your question in relation to that. The only thing I can say is that I left eight players behind. They stayed and trained this morning because they are a big group and Dele is amongst these players.

You could see our team.

“I cannot start with all of them and I cannot have a bench without defenders or midfielders. In the same way the squad is a puzzle, the bench is also a little puzzle.

“So to have on the bench Toby and Serge, and Moussa and Gio, and Lamela, and Bergwijn. I cannot have on the bench four wingers or three wingers and a No 10, and then no defenders. Everything is a puzzle so in these matches that he stayed out, probably Tuesday he will play and others he will stay out.”

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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