Tottenham got back to the top of the Premier League table with a victory over the Gunners and Jose Mourinho singled midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg out as a ‘phenomenal player’.
linked up twice asSpurs
obtain a 2-0 win overArsenal
in the north London derby.
Ever since arriving from Southampton
has played a key role in Mourinho’s team and his influence could be felt in the clash with Arsenal as he had more touches (61), passes (44), successful passes (35), passes in the opposition half (15) and interceptions (three) than any other Spurs player.
Jose Mourinho lauded the midfielder’s performance after the game.
"Pierre is, first of all, very intelligent. He reads the game very well. He's going to be a coach one day, for sure," Mourinho told a news conference.
"He's a pain, asking questions about why we do this and why we do that. On the pitch, he reads the situation very, very well and the people that surround him are really compact, they read the game.
"Physically he's very, very strong and technically he's much better than people think. Because sometimes people think the guy that is good technically is the guy that does the backheel. The guy that is good technically is the guy that does something wonderful. But these are not my words. These are words from coaches of 30, 40 years ago. Simplicity is genius.
"And the guy is so simple in everything he does with the ball. And I think he's a phenomenal player. Congratulations, Mr. [Daniel] Levy [Spurs chairman]."
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