Jose Mourinho gives credit to Mauricio Pochettino after recent win over Burnley

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Jose Mourinho has claimed that his predecessor, Mauricio Pochettino, deserves credit for the understanding that Harry Kane and Heung-min Son have developed over the years.

Both Kane and Son have started the season on fire, with the South Korean leading the Premier League goalscoring charts and the England captain having notched up the most assists in the league (Premierleague.com).

They combined once again on Monday evening, albeit in an atypical fashion, as Kane got a flick-on at a corner kick which Son headed home at the far post.

The goal, which was the eighth that Kane has laid on for Son this season, proved to be the difference between the two sides as the Lilywhites edged out Sean Dyche’s men 1-0.

On the back of the goal at Turf Moor, the Tottenham duo have now combined for 29 Premier League goals – the joint second-best in history after Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba.

When asked about the understanding that the pair have with each other, Mourinho told BBC Sport: “It is an understanding that comes from Mauricio’s time.

“I don’t want all the credit myself, let’s share with Mauricio. They play together for a long time, probably a different way because Harry is not always a nine now.

“What pleases me more about them both is that they are two top players but close friends, no jealousy, they both play for the team.”

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Mourinho’s point about both Kane and Son being unselfish and wanting the best for each other is a very important one. Often times, what we see with partnerships like the Mbappe-Neymar one or the Salah-Mane one is that while their understanding is good, they are also competing to outdo the other. We often see strikers being quite selfish instead of playing their partners in. There seems to be none of that between Kane and Son, with both players seeming genuinely happy for the other one to score. Son’s reaction when he found out Kane got the assist on Monday tells you all that you need to know about their relationship.

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