Mourinho, ‘with Kane and Son we will always have a chance’
Spurs boss praises his attacking duo following 1-0 win at Burnley that leaves the north Londoners within touching distance of Premier League summit
26 October, 2020 — By Dan Carrier
SPURS 1 (Son 76)
TOTTENHAM’S buccaneering 100 per cent away record, which until Monday night had seen them hit a total of 11 goals past Manchester United and Southampton, came to a shuddering halt against a tough Burnley outfit tonight (Monday).
But the fact Spurs squeezed a 1-0 victory from their trip to Turf Moor to leave them two points off the top of the Premier League table showed a new steel that pleased manager Jose Mourinho.
A scrappy game that saw Burnley counter Tottenham’s free-flowing football by defending deep and threatening from set plays was settled by a late header by Heung-Min Son – set up by Harry Kane – to send Spurs home with a vital three points.
Speaking after the match, Mourinho said it was “a very important three points”, adding: “This was the kind of match with all the ingredients to drop points, a cold rainy night in an empty stadium with opponents who defend very well.
“I knew from the start we wouldn’t be allowed to play the way we wanted to play, but we wanted very much to win. We always do.
“I don’t change my speech. We want to win every game, and when you have a combination like Kane and Son you will always have a chance.”
If Spurs had not come unstuck through injury-time equalisers against Newcastle and West Ham, in home games they deserved to win, they would now be two points clear at the top.
While Spurs enjoyed a good deal of possession in the first-half at Burnley, they looked strangely tepid as they sought a way to break down the massed ranks in claret and blue.
Son nearly capitalised on an error by Burnley keeper Nick Pope, whose scuffed clearance midway through the first-half laid the ball at the in form strikers feet, but he could not get himself steadied to make something of it.
Other half-chances came and went, while Burnley also threatened though long range daisy cutters that Hugo Lloris had to ensure he had covered.
With 30 minutes to go, Mourinho replaced the disappointing Lucas Moura with Erik Lamela – and as we have seen already this season, the battling Argentine winger, whose effort epitomises a Mourinho player, made the difference.
His tenacity brought an extra bite to Spurs which Burnley no longer had the legs to deal with – albeit not before Kane had cleared a James Tarkowski effort off the line.
It was Lamela’s precise corner that was nodded on by Kane into Son, and his well-directed header broke the deadlock. It proved enough to take the points – catapulting Spurs up to fifth and within touching distance of the summit.
Burnley: Pope, Lowton, Long, Tarkowski, Taylor, Gudmundsson (Rodriguez, 84), Westwood, Brownhill, McNeil, Barnes (Vydra, 89), Wood
Substitutes not used: Brady, Peacock-Farrell, Stephens, Dunne, Benson
Spurs: Lloris, Doherty, Alderweireld, Dier, Davies, Sissoko, Hojbjerg, Moura (Lamela, 57) Ndombele (Lo Celso, 79), Son (Rodon, 90+3) Kane
Substitutes not used: Hart, Reguilon, Bale, Vinicius