Jose Mourinho says the close relationship between Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min is the key behind their prolific partnership in Tottenham’s attack.
Kane assisted Son once again at Burnley on Monday night as Spurs scraped a 1-0 win at Turf Moor.
It is the 29th time the duo have linked up for a goal in the Premier League, the joint second best partnership in the league’s history. Only Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard (36) are above them.
And Mourinho has says the bond the two have developed during their five years playing together has transferred onto the pitch, while also crediting former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino for the work he did with the pair.
Speaking to Sky Sports, he said:”I think it’s an understanding that comes from Mauricio’s [Pochettino] time. I don’t want all the credit for myself, lets share with Mauricio because they’ve played together for quite a long time, probably in a different way.
“Now Harry is not the ‘nine’ or always a ‘nine’ because he gets into some areas that allow Sonny to get in on goal in different areas. His goal was a set piece and he’s a little bit isolated from the contact.
“But what pleases me more about Sonny and Harry is that they are two top players, but close friends, no jealousy and [have a] ‘I play for you, you play for me. We both play for the team, we both play for Tottenham’ [approach].
“So credit to them. Two great players, two great boys.”
Son’s goal makes him the outright top scorer in the league so far this year with eight. Kane, meanwhile, is top of the assists chart having set up eight goals for his teammates.
Burnley test was “as expected”
Mourinho also praised Burnley for their performance on the night, stating they gave his side a “very difficult match.”
The Clarets frustrated Tottenham for large periods of the game, limiting their opportunities and creating a number of chances themselves.
But having eventually secured the three points, Mourinho was clearly relived to have come through a tough test.
“It was exactly what I was expecting,” he said. “I know Sean [Dyche], I know the difficulties he can bring to the best attacking teams. He’s very clever.
“He plays with what he has and he gave us what I was expecting. He gave us a very difficult match. So congratulations to him and to his boys.
“My players didn’t play the quality soccer that we wanted, but not because of us, because of Burnley. So I think we did a positive game.”
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