Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho says Lo Celso has proven that he’s back to his best after his impressive performance in the Londoners’ Europa League home 2 nil win against Royal Antwerp ion Thursday night.
The Argentina international was on the scoresheet, increasing his tally to four goals in the competition.
His goal in the 70th minute ensured that Spurs finished first in Group J and head into the knockout stages with their eyes on silverware this term.
The Argentine didn’t just score on the night but provided more key passes (4), completed more passes in the opposition half (34), had more touches (72), and tackles (3) than any of his teammates. He also helped out in winning possession on several occasions.
The performance against Royal Antwerp can easily pass for the 24-year-old central midfielder’s most complete since returning from a string of injuries in the opening weeks of the season.
Mourinho was full of praise for the former Paris Saint-Germain star and stated that the playmaker is getting close to the standards he set for himself last season.
“It is not about me, it is about them,” he told his post-match press conference. “Gio, last season he reached an incredible level.
“Then he had an injury and this season, the pre-season was non-existent for him.
“I said a couple of times here that Gio needed a little bit more time. He’s having that time.
“He’s playing in the Europa League, he’s coming from the bench normally in the Premier League. He played the last match well and he played tonight very well.
“It’s like Gio back to normality because he’s a very good player and when his physical condition is good he can express all of his quality.
“Tonight was the day when he showed that he’s back and the intensity is there and the quality is there.”
Meanwhile, Lo Celso will be hoping to get involved when Tottenham travel to face Crystal Palace this weekend in the Premier League.
Spurs have their eyes on the Premier League title this term and will want to maintain their lead.