Jose Mourinho praises ball boy after Tottenham’s Champions League win
The Portuguese boss, which makes his home debut a week after replacing Mauricio Pochettino, watched Spurs autumn 2-0 behind early on before mounting a magnificent comeback to conquer against Greek side Olympiakos 4-2 in northern London.
England midfielder Dele Alli’s goal in the dying stages of the first-half gave Tottenham expect, but the game-changing instant arrived on the second.
After the ball left the field of drama, it was quickly passed by the quick-thinking ball boy back. The Brazilian crossed for Harry Kane to tap into the equalizer.
In the celebrations, Mourinho ran around to thank the chunk boyand observing the triumph, the Portuguese supervisor commended his”brilliant” work.
“I adore intelligent ball boys just like I had been. I was a brilliant ball boy for a kid,” Mourinho told BT Sport. “And this kid now was brilliant. He knows the game, reads the match and made a significant help.
“He is not there merely to look to the stands, lights or scarves. He is living the match and playing with it.
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Mourinho told BBC Radio 5 Live:”I attempted to invite him into the dressing room after the match to celebrate the team, but he had slipped off.”
Spurs went forward through Aurier before Kane added the gloss.
Afterwards substituting him on 29 minutes mourinho also offered an apology.
With the attacking Christian Eriksen, Mourinho replaced Dier with his side tracking.
“The hardest moment of this game for me was not when Olympiakos felt their second or first objective. It was once I made the shift in the first half,” he explained.
“I hurt the player but hurt myself. He. It was not about his operation, it was all about just what the team needed.
“I believed one midfield player was enough. We needed a 2nd player who may play Alli in an open triangle rather than a triangle together with Dier and Harry Winks. I apologized to himalthough he knows I did it. Christian gave us exactly what we needed.”
He was taken by kane to 20 Champions League goals in 24 games. He also broke the record for the games in doing so.
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The former record was held by Italy legend Alessandro del Piero, who scored 20 goals for Juventus in 26 games.