Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho has begun his master-plan to get the best from Dele Alli, revealing talks in which he asked him: “Are you Dele or Dele’s brother?”
Alli, whose form has picked up recently after injuries contributed to some below-par displays over the last 18 months, replied to Mourinho: “I am Dele”
And, after replacing the sacked Mauricio Pochettino this week, the new Spurs head coach said: “Okay, so play like Dele.”
Mourinho believes the 23-year-old has the potential to be a top player and wants to create an environment that can help him achieve it.
“I already spoke with him,” Mourinho said. “I think he is potentially a fantastic player. Now I have to try to create a tactical situation that he is happy with.
“I have to give him the right dynamic, prepare him physically well – because he had important injuries too and he’s not on the top of his form.
“On Saturday, if he plays, I can’t expect him to go there and be man of the match. But (we have) to go through a process that can bring the real Dele back because the real Dele is the one that has impressed us in the past.