‘Something special’ – Jose Mourinho reacts to Tottenham’s 1-0 win over Burnley

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Dom Le Roy

Jose Mourinho certainly cut a happy figure after he watched his Tottenham side emerge victorious last night at Turf Moor against Burnley in the Premier League.

The dull affair looked as though it was nailed on to finish 0-0 deep into the second half before the old combination of Harry Kane and Heung-min Son rang true once more.

Erik Lamela whipped in a corner that looked to be going behind Kane, before the England captain managed to flick it towards the back post. Son was waiting in a pocket of space to lift the ball past Pope with a precise header of his own.

Mourinho was keen to point out that the Monday night match had all the ingredients of Spurs dropping points, yet his side recorded all three away from home.

He also added that Son and Kane were amazing on the night, especially after that gutting West Ham United draw.

Mourinho said (Football London): “This is the kind of match with all the ingredients to lose points. It’s a Monday night, empty stadium, cold and rainy night, an opponent that defends very well and cope very well with the attacking power of an opponent like us. It’s a kind of match with all ingredients to lose points unless you want very, very much to win.

“When you want very much to win matches it’s something very special. I don’t change my speech. I want the team to go to every stadium at home, away, Europa League and Premier League and go to every match to win. Then you lose, then you draw but you go to win. It’s something very special. I believe it’s a change of mentality, it’s a change of philosophy.

“Tonight was a match I knew something from the beginning. I’ve come here since 2013, I know Sean [Dyche], I know Burnley and I know how difficult it is to play against them and I knew we couldn’t play the way we like to play. But we cope well with difficulties Burnley gave us on the pitch and three important points for us.”

On Kane and Son, he added: “They play together for quite a long time. They were in the team that’s different from this team but they played together for a long time and that immediately gives a good understanding between the players. The way we’re trying to play I believe goes in the direction of their qualities. They’re enjoying, they’re very good friends, which I think is also very important.

“When you have top players in the team it’s important that the personal relations is very, very good. Because in the end there are no egos – I score, you score – it doesn’t matter who. What matters is us as a team, as a club. It’s amazing – they’re two fantastic players. Today we were a team, and we were a team suffering together after West Ham. I was also happy with that. I had immediately that feeling. We felt the pain of that together, and today we are enjoying.”

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