Exclusive: Ronny Rosenthal opens up on Mourinho and his favourite Spurs moment


Ronny Rosenthal, or Rocket Ronny as many affectionately knew him back during his playing days, pulled on the Spurs jersey 88 times in the League during his four years at the club.

Rosenthal, born in Haifa, Israel, started his career at his local Maccabi Haifa, winning two Israeli league titles before securing a high-profile move to Club Brugge.

After periods at both Standard Liege and Liverpool, Rocket Ronny joined the Lilywhites in January 1994, becoming an instant regular and fan-favourite at White Hart Lane.

Perhaps most infamously for the Tottenham faithful, Rosenthal netted an impressive hat-trick against Southampton in the FA Cup en route to the semi-final.

In 1997, Rosenthal was sold to Watford, waving goodbye to the North London crowd, although the club clearly still holds a place in his heart.

We caught up with Ronny this week to talk Jose Mourinho, Heung-min Son, and his memories of the good old days at the Lane.

Speaking exclusively to SpursWeb about his favourite Tottenham moment (via Instagram direct messages), Rosenthal said: “My hat-trick against Southampton. It was just one of those days where everything I touched turned to gold!

“Going 2-0 down and scoring 3 doesn’t get much better than that for a player! The fans were amazing as well. I loved the chants and the atmosphere at White Hart Lane!

“I loved playing with Sheringham too. He was a very intelligent player who could link up play well and also be a target man who could hold the ball up, score and assist.”

On whether Jose Mourinho is the man to take Spurs to the next level, Rocket Ronny added: “On paper, there are not many others more qualified for the job. He has won at almost every club that he has been to and has experience in many different countries. I see no reason why he won’t be a success at Spurs!”

Finally, on the two current players Ronny would have loved to have played with at Spurs, he said: “Kane is one of the best strikers in the game. Quick strong, technique, finishing ability. He is a complete striker. I love Sonny too. Seems like a great guy too. Very direct, skilful and can make things happen! I would have loved to play with both of them.”

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