Mourinho purring over Son’s super strike

Tottenham Hotspur 5-0 Burnley – Reaction

There were so many superlatives surrounding Tottenham Hotspur’s emphatic five-goal mauling of Burnley. However, those present amongst the near-59,000 crowd in N17 will forever remember one moment over everything else.

And you can count Spurs boss, Jose Mourinho amongst that number. Harry Kane bagged a brace, while Lucas Moura and Moussa Sissoko all found the net in what was a one-sided encounter. But it was Heung-Min Son’s goal to make it 3-0 shortly after the half-hour mark which will be played back time and time again over the coming weeks.

The South Korean picked the ball up just outside his own penalty area before skipping past all-comers from Burnley before dispatching neatly beyond Clarest stopper, Nick Pope.

“Even before this goal my son calls him Sonaldo, Sonaldo Nazario, and today he was Sonaldo Nazario because the only thing that came to my mind was the goal when I had the honour to be sitting next to Sir Bobby Robson at the Compestela-Barcelona game in 1996 when Ronaldo Nazario got the ball behind the midfield line and score a goal very similar to Sonny,” Mourinho enthused.

“It’s the only thing that comes into my mind, an amazing goal, but it was an important performance, an important result, goals, happiness with the fans, happiness in the team, young boys coming from the bench, a 17-year-old kid making his debut, a clean sheet, I’m really happy – a difficult opponent”

Spurs were simply too good for Burnley, and Mourinho was quick to heap praise on his rapidly improving side: “Always difficult, the result was because we were too good They are a difficult side. A very good referee in Kevin Friend, the best moment of his career, very stable, very confident, great decisions and amazing advantage with the fourth goal for Kane, so I think everything was really good.

“The boys will have tomorrow – the first day off for a long, long time. It was the perfect match for them to enjoy and have their day off tomorrow.”

Despite their improvement, Spurs have been criticised after conceding eight goals since the arrival of the new manager. But on this occasion, the Portuguese was satisfied with his backline and the role the entire team played in earning a clean sheet.

At half time I told them the clean sheet should be a collective ambition,” he added.

“So it goes in the direction of the defensive process. Everyone defended well. I can tell for example that Lucas was amazing, Lucas was amazing in the defensive process.

“Collectively we were strong. Of course, they still had a few chances but that’s Burnley and it’s very difficult to stop Burnley when they reach the last third when they cross the ball. They are amazing crossers of the ball, top guys in the box. It was difficult but we managed to press them high for the majority of the time and really good.”


Brian Jeeves

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