Jose Mourinho

Boss Jose Mourinho of Tottenham Hotspur thanked his Arsenal counterpart, Mikel Arteta, for giving him a difficult match after beating the Spaniard in the North London derby on Sunday.

Son Heung-min and Harry Kane’s goals did the devastation for Spurs  in a game that was mainly dominated by Spurs and Arsenal was good tactically, according to Mourinho.

“It was a big game in every sense, not just because it was Tottenham-Arsenal. I want to give words, congratulations to Mikel Arteta because he gave us a very difficult game. Tactically they were very good, very organized. They gave us problems; problems we were able to resolve. They have good tactical courage and incredible spirit. They are a good team and he is a good coach.

“We were reading the game and making the changes to win it because 2-0 was in our hands against a great and difficult opponent 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 be about them not being in a good position in the table, but I believe with these players and Mikel it will be Arsenal vs Tottenham again.”

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