In the Europa League play-offs, Tottenham beat the Israeli team Maccabi Haifa 7-2. Ali came off the bench to make points and took the penalty. This England genius who was in a difficult start this season finally broke through. To a certain extent, it responded to the voice of doubt. I wonder if this can be a turning point for Ali under Mourinho.
If you have watched the documentary about Tottenham "Desperate", you will find that Mourinho was also full of expectations for Ali and spurred the players more than once. However, Ali's attitude and performance have been difficult to satisfy Mourinho, and he has fallen out of favor in the new season.
In fact, Ali was still the absolute midfielder of Tottenham last season, but his status has dropped sharply since the start of this season. In the Premier League’s first round of Tottenham’s 0-1 loss to Everton, Ali’s performance was similar to sleepwalking. Mourinho replaced him in midfield. The subsequent UEFA Cup qualifiers, League Cup and Against Southampton and Newcastle United, Ali did not even make the team's squad.
Since last season, Mourinho’s biggest dissatisfaction with Ali probably lies in the players’ attitude towards training. The Tottenham coach thinks this genius’s lazy style is a waste of his talent, and the reporter asked why Ali missed the list. At the time, Mourinho bluntly said: “When the players are on the court, they must win the playing time for the next game.” As a result, public opinion began to spread about the scandal between Paris and Ali, and even the old Tottenham players considered all signs. Indicates that the player will leave the team.
Tottenham’s reporter said that Mourinho wanted Ali to leave the team on loan, while Levi wanted the England international to stay. This embarrassing situation was not relieved until the match against Maccabi. Mourinho said : "Ali worked very hard in training. He won the respect of my teammates and me. He may appear in the game."
And on this night, people saw Ali once again appearing in the Europa League. In the final moments of the game, he got the ball in the penalty area, stepped on the ball and turned around and pierced the crotch in one go, fully demonstrating his skillful and delicate technical characteristics. The opponent could only stop him by fouling. Then Ali stepped to the penalty spot and made a steady penalty, creating a goal for the team for the first time this season.
Maybe, Mourinho hopes to reactivate Ali, and the transfer rumors surrounding the players may be just a kind of aggressive method. In any case, Ali, who has experienced ups and downs, once again used goals to justify himself in the game. This time, can he still use his performance to win back the coach's heart?