Jose Mourinho praises ball boy as Tottenham beat Olympiakos in Champions League

29 October 2019

Jose Mourinho praises ball boy as Tottenham beat Olympiakos in Champions League

Harry Kane bettered Alessandro del Pieros landmark and Dele Alli continued his return – however there was an unexpected recipient of Jose Mourinhos praise following Tottenhams Champions League win over Olympiakos.
Spurs trailed but Kane scored twice, since they reached the knockout stages in Mourinhos first home 30, together with Serge Aurier and Alli netting.
A ball boy that was quick-thinking assisted, as the former Manchester United manager was quick to point out afterwards, the turnaround. With the match level at 2-2 and Olympiakos trying to regroup because the ball drifted out of play, the child introduced a chunk to Serge Aurier, whose throw-in farther down the wing discovered the Brazilian and Lucas Moura picked out Kane to the equaliser.
I love intelligent ball boys like I was. I had been a brilliant basketball boy as a child, Mourinho told BT Sport. And that kid now was brilliant. He knows the game reads the game and created an important help.
Hes not there merely to look to the stands, lights or scarves. He is living the game and playing it quite well.
The Portuguese – that has won the two games as Spurs boss much – hunted out the chunk boy following the goal celebrations to shake his hand and give him a hug.
Mourinho told Radio 5 Live:I attempted to tempt him to the dressing room after the match to celebrate with the group but hed slipped away.
Mourinho apologised into Eric Dier for substituting the midfielder with the more attacking Christian Eriksen after only 29 minutes with Spurs trailing 2-0.
He strove to sign Dier – who finished 10 of his 11 moves – while he was Manchester United boss.
The most difficult moment of this game for me wasnt when Olympiakos felt their second or first goal. It was when I made the shift in the first half, he said.
I hurt the player but hurt myself. He is a boy that has a good comprehension of exactly what a group is. It was not about his operation, it was about just what the group needed.
I believed one midfield player was sufficient. We needed a 2nd player who might play using Harry and Dier Winks with Alli in not a closed triangle and an open triangle. Though he knows I did it for the group I apologised to him. Christian gave us what we had.
Kane took him up to 20 Champions League goals in 24 games. Nobody had actually reached that mark so quickly.
The prior album was the 26 games for Juventus of Italy legend Del Piero. Hed end his career on 42 Champions League targets, all for Juve.
27 matches were taken by ruud van Nistelrooy, with Filippo Inzaghi requiring 28 games and Mario Gomez alongside the list with 32.
Not a bad player to overcome, said Kane later. It had been about qualifying, no matter how we did it but we needed to win and we did that.

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