Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has admitted he’s delighted at guiding his side to a 2-0 win over Arsenal on Sunday. Goals from Heung-min Song and Harry Kane gave Spurs all three points. But Mourinho has labelled his side’s second half performance as the only negative from a good afternoon.
Tottenham went ahead in the first half through Son, who beat Bernd Leno with a terrific curling strike from distance.
And Kane sealed the win shortly before the interval, beating Leno with a powerful strike that sailed into the roof of the net.
Tottenham were good in the win and Mourinho, speaking afterwards, hailed his side. However, the former Chelsea and Manchester United boss did pick out one negative – their second half display.
“It was a big game in every sense, not just because it was Tottenham-Arsenal,” he said.
“I want to give words, congratulations to Mikel Arteta because he gave us a very difficult game. Tactically they were very good, very organised.
“They gave us problems, problems we were able to resolve. They have a good tactical courage and incredible spirt. They are a good team and he is a good coach.
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“We were reading the game and making the changes to win it because 2-0 was in our hands against a great and difficult opponents but my boys did well today.
“I am very happy with the result and the performance but of course I want the team in the second half to play in a different way.
“In reality you don’t always do what you want to do because your opponent forces you in a different direction.
“You are winning 2-0, why would you expose your defensive block if you don’t have to? It was a very difficult game.
“I can imagine tomorrow the headlines will about them not being in a good position in the table but I believe with these players and Mikel it will be Arsenal v Tottenham again.”
Kane was delighted after Tottenhams win, telling Sky Sports: “It’s fantastic, this is exactly what we set out for.
“The second was a bit of a grind, we defended well, they didn’t create too many clear-cut chances. We are delighted with the win.
“It’s nice [to be the all-time leading north London derby scorer].
“It was a great assist from Son, and it was nice to see it go in. But the most important thing is the three points.
“It’s been a tough few games and we’ve come out of it well. We’ve got to keep it going now.”
On his partnership with Son, he added: “We’re feeling good.
“We’re both at an age now where we are in maybe our prime in terms of understanding the game and each other.
“When I pass him through on goal and when whips them in top bins, it’s an easy game for me.”
BBC pundit Clinton Morrison thinks Arsenal have no chance of finishing in the top four after the result.
“At the moment Mikel Arteta is not getting the best out of his players, do I think it will change, yes I do,” he said.
“Arsenal will not finish in the top four this season, there is no chance, it is going to be a struggle and a rebuilding.
“We knew that though, it was always going to take two or three years to come in and let Arteta get in the players that he wants and last season he came in and did a good job but this season is going to be much more difficult for him.”