‘We are lucky I have so many years in the Premier League’ ― Mourinho

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Jose Mourinho says Tottenham are “lucky” he boasts such vast experience in the Premier League after opening his reign in north London with a 3-2 victory over West Ham.

Spurs appeared to be on course for a comfortable afternoon at the London Stadium, as they took in a derby date with local rivals.

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The Portuguese was, however, to see his side left hanging on towards the end, with West Ham pulling two goals back before running out of time.

Former Chelsea and Manchester United boss Mourinho, who has succeeded Mauricio Pochettino, believes he can take a share of the credit for a first Premier League away win of the season being secured by Spurs.

He told BT Sport: “I was really happy before we conceded the two goals, we were playing well, bringing to the game things we had tried in training. And we had the ball to make it 4-0 and kill the game.

“We are lucky I have so many years in the Premier League so I told the players at half-time ‘even if we are 3-0 in the 85th minute the game will still be open’.

“But there were also many factors. The emotions of losing the previous manager, people coming back from national teams and fatigue in the last 20 minutes.

“The most important thing was to win, no matter how. The boys are happy and that’s what I really wanted.”

England international Alli, who struggled for form under Pochettino and lost his place in the Three Lions set-up, starred for Tottenham after being given a vote of confidence from a new coach.

Mourinho was delighted with the 23-year-old’s performance, saying: “I’m happy with him, I spent a few minutes with him in training and outside the pitch. And we were saying that the best Dele Alli has to be back.

“He’s too good to not be one of the best players in the world and not playing with the national team.”

Alli was involved in the opening two goals and he believes some of the criticism aimed in his direction has been unfair, but is pleased to have rediscovered a spark early on under Mourinho.

“It’s been a very tough week for us emotionally,” Alli told BT Sport.

“We’ve spent a long time with Pochettino and we were very sad but we had a job to do. We had to go out for the fans and try and stay as positive as we can.

“I think I have been performing well so far this season but I need to get better than my old form and get to my best.

“We have to carry on momentum and keep winning, we need to start that from now. There is still a lot to work on and we need to improve from now on.”

Source: Sky Sports

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Mariam Olaitan is a news writer who gathers and disseminates current happenings around the world.

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