Harry Winks’ 56-yard wondergoal guided Spurs to a comfortable 4-0 victory against Ludogorets in the Europa League.
Tributes were made by both sides ahead of kick-off to football icon Diego Maradona, following his death on Wednesday.
From the beginning Tottenham were on the front foot, pressing high and dominating possession.
The home side won three free kicks in quick succession, all in a similar area for Gareth Bale to have an attempt on goal. Unfortunately he was unable to find the quality to beat the goalkeeper Plamen Iliev.
Six minutes later, Mourinho’s men were in again.
A deflected through ball from Dele landed to the feet of Carlos Vinicius who slid the ball into the bottom right corner in a one-on-one with the Bulgarian goalkeeper. After 16 minutes.
Pressure continued from the kick-off and Spurs had plenty of opportunities to extend the lead.
Half an hour into the game Ben Davies broke into space, with Alli creating a chance with a lofted through ball. The left back came close – hitting the near post almost doubling the score line.
Just a minute later and there was another chance for the Premier League leaders.
This time Ndombele had a shot across the face of goal, which was well saved by the away keeper.
Dele Alli was quick to rebound the ball and unselfishly assisted Brazilian Vinicius, for his second goal of the game on the 34th minute.
With the first half ending 2-0, Tottenham played with style and quickly closed down any opportunity that the Bulgarian side had, before it had any time to blossom.
The second half began, and Tottenham remained comfortable.
Ludogorets tried to step up the tempo of their play, but Spurs bit back.
And what a way to bite back.
In the 63rd minute Harry Winks received the ball from a Ben Davies throw-in near the halfway line and lofted to ball towards the goal from 56 yards out.
The ball flew into the top right corner hitting both the post and the crossbar and nestled into the back of the net.
Inch perfect – even if he meant to play a through ball to Bale.
The high press continued, despite the three points being definite.
Substitute Hojbjerg and Dele forced midfielder Dominik Yankov off the ball in his own half.
It took one glance up for Tottenham’s number 20, as he curled a beautiful cross towards Vinicius, who laid off fellow national Lucas Moura.
A fantastically worked goal from Spurs, with Lucas drilling it into the top right corner to make it four, ending any glimmer of hope for Ludogorets.
4-0 Spurs, in the 73rd minute.
The intensity carried on for the rest of the game, as the team worked as a unit to ensure a clean sheet and comfortable victory.
Mourinho even gave debuts to Goalkeeper Alfie Whiteman, 22. Central Midfielder Harvey White, 19. And most impressively 16-year-old Striker, Dane Scarlett, who scored four goals in a 7-0 thrashing of Southampton for the Under 18s earlier in the week.
A great opportunity to get some professional minutes in a game that was so one sided.
Both outfield players came close to getting on the scoresheet, as they looked to impress the Portuguese boss with the 10 minutes they were given.
Overall, another very positive performance from Spurs.
The manager made 10 changes coming into the match, with only Tanguy Ndombele keeping his place following the Manchester City win.
Each player shone, and Spurs made the game look very easy, against a side that is struggling in the group, sitting bottom with zero points.
For Tottenham Hotspur, a draw in either of the next two Europa League games would see them progress to the group stages.
With Kane and Son rested, as well as many of the starting XI that played against City, Spurs now look towards Sunday’s 4:30pm tie against London rivals Chelsea.
Hopefully, the form continues.