‘A more relaxed guy’ – Spurs star compares Nuno and Mourinho styles

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Nuno Espirito Santo
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Tottenham forward Lucas Moura has claimed Nuno Espirito Santo is a ‘more relaxed guy’ when compared to his managerial compatriot Jose Mourinho, who also had a recent spell in north London.

Mourinho was hired as Spurs boss after the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino in November 2019 in the hope of ending the N17 trophy drought, but like plenty over the last 13 years, was unsuccessful.

The ever-divisive manager was sacked by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy just a matter of days before the club’s Carabao Cup final clash against Manchester City, which culminated in a narrow 1-0 defeat.

Brazilian winger Moura has been speaking on his time under ‘The Special One’ and says the Portuguese manager has ‘become a friend’ of his.

Moura told ESPN Brasil: “The relationship with Mourinho is fantastic, it’s wonderful. Today I’m pleased to say that he has become a friend of mine.

“He’s a guy who gave me a giant boost, an impressive confidence. The relationship with him on a daily basis was very… like we’re here now, in a chat. So that made players very comfortable. It was a very nice experience to work with him.

“It’s a great honour to be one of the greatest coaches in world football. And for me it was a pleasure, I wish him success in his journey.

“And now another Portuguese, may we be successful. The relationship is already good with Nuno, hopefully it can be as good as it was with Mourinho.”

Moura also made the comparison between Mourinho and Nuno, who arrived at Spurs this summer, bringing an end to a managerial search spanning a number of months.

The former Wolves boss has made a very positive start to life in North London, guiding the side to three consecutive 1-0 wins in the Premier League, which has seen Spurs top the league over the first international break.

Moura added: “It’s been very good. A very nice guy. A more relaxed guy, you know? More on his own, speaks low.

“He did a spectacular job at Wolves, he has everything to do a great job here too. We are slowly eating around the edges, we are there in the lead, three games, three wins.

“Let’s see what happens at the end of the season. But it’s been very positive. It makes it much easier that he’s Portuguese, the language makes it much easier. His training is very good. I’m very optimistic, very hopeful for this season.”

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Both Nuno and Mourinho are quite clearly different figures to have at the helm, with one being much more reserved than the other.

Mourinho started well at Spurs too but saw it tail off very quickly, through factors in and out of his control in fairness.

It is early days, but it has been a good start under Nuno so far and hopefully that continues into the rest of the campaign.

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