Tottenham scored five goals to breeze past eighth-tier Marine in the FA Cup third round on Sunday. Dele Alli, and Gedson Fernandes were stars of the night, as the midfielders created numerous chances for the Tottenham forwards.
Carlos Vinicius scored a hat-trick, while Lucas Moura and 16-year-old Alfie Devine also scored for Spurs. Alli and Gedson have been linked with moves away from the club this month, as the former made only his fifth start of the season, while the latter made his second. However, Mourinho praised the duo for their energetic performance and creativity.
Speaking on Dele Alli’s performance, Mourinho said “I like very much. I think him and Gedson they were two players who were responsible from minute 10 until minute 75.”
“They were the ones that created. They were the ones with mobility, they were the ones that started that dynamic that created problems for them and goals for us.”
“So I’m really happy. Of course he was a little bit cautious, like all of the creative players, they were a little bit afraid of the pitch, of some emotional tackle. But very happy, very professional attitude and a good performance.”
Alfie Devine became the youngest goalscorer for Tottenham at just 16 years and 163 days after scoring the fifth goal. Speaking on Devine’s achievement, Mourinho said “He’s a kid with good potential that came to the club only this summer.“
“He was lucky enough to have pre-season with us because we were short of players, so he had pre-season with us and played a few friendlies. Which of course gave him close contact with the first team. He’s not a stranger, and then working in the academy, playing in different teams in the academy.“
“Coming to us sometimes to train so a nice process for him. Also some experience in the youth teams and in the national team so step by step he’s going. He’s a kid that basically is a midfield player but with an instinct to appear in finishing zones and to score goals. We like him and of course for him today is a special day.“