Gareth Bale and Dele Alli both impressed as Tottenham eased to a 4-1 victory over Wolfsberger on Thursday night.
Goals from Son Heung-min, Bale, Lucas Moura and Carlos Vinicius ensured Spurs won’t have too many problems seeing off their Austrian visitors in the home leg next week.
On top of his goal, Bale also provided the assist for Son’s opener, while Alli provided a few excellent moments – including a classic nutmeg that almost resulted in a goal of his own.
Despite their good performances, however, the pair were both hooked in the second half, something Mourinho was asked about in his press conference after the game.
Via Football London‘s Alasdair Gold, the Spurs boss said: “I believe they were positive. I took Gareth off. I know in this process it was not so easy to play 90 mins. Dele worked hard. He got a yellow card & with the referee giving yellow cards so easily to us I didn’t want to risk it.”
Does that mean Bale and Alli are in contention to start against West Ham on Sunday? We’re not so sure.
Wolfsberger made things relatively easy for Tottenham, and Mourinho may prefer to return to a more familiar starting line-up for the London derby.
That said, surely Bale and Alli have done enough to be used from the bench.