Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho was a happy man on Sunday night.
Tottenham went back to the top of the Premier League table with a 2-0 win over arch rivals Arsenal.
Mourinho was at his flattering best after the win and singled out midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg for effusive praise.
“Pierre is, first of all, very intelligent. He reads the game very well. He’s going to be a coach one day, for sure,” Mourinho told a news conference. “He’s a pain, asking questions about why we do this and why we do that.”
“On the pitch, he reads the situation very, very well and the people that surround him are really compact, they read the game. “Physically he’s very, very strong and technically he’s much better than people think.”
“Because sometimes people think the guy that is good technically is the guy that does the backheel. The guy that is good technically is the guy that does something wonderful. But these are not my words.”
“These are words from coaches of 30, 40 years ago. Simplicity is genius. “And the guy is so simple in everything he does with the ball. And I think he’s a phenomenal player. Congratulations, Mr. [Daniel] Levy [Spurs chairman].”
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