Bergwijn reveals what Mourinho told him ahead of Man City game

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Dom Le Roy

It is fair to say Steven Bergwijn could not have dreamt of a more memorable debut for Spurs than breaking the deadlock against the reigning Premier League champions with a stunning goal in front of the 17,500 capacity single tier south stand on Sunday.

The 22-year-old was thrown straight into the team to face Manchester City by Jose Mourinho just days after completing a £27 million move from PSV Eindhoven (BBC Sport).

The Dutch international certainly had a baptism of fire to life in the Premier League after Pep Guardiola’s side monopolised possession and Spurs were rarely able to find Bergwijn in attacking areas.

Despite being largely isolated, the winger worked his socks off for his side as they defended impressively from the front.

The winger not only showed his quality with his technique for the goal but also showed admirable strength and work ethic in his first game in English football.

After the match, Bergwijn admitted that Jose Mourinho instructed him to run until he was on empty.

Speaking about the 2-0 win over Manchester City, the new Spurs boy told the club’s official website, “It was very hard, especially the first half, very difficult.

“After that, I thought we played well. I had to work hard but he (Mourinho) told me ‘when you’re dead, you’re dead’, so I gave everything. It’s an unbelievable feeling, fantastic. I hope it’s the first of many.”

Spurs Web Opinion

The one massive change that is evident under Jose Mourinho is that our forwards are working a lot harder to cover space and track runners. That has no doubt contributed to our improvements defensively over the past few weeks. With time, I am confident Mourinho will make us extremely resolute outfit defensively.

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