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Mourinho begins Spurs career with a derby victory over West Ham

Mourinho begins Spurs career with a derby victory over West Ham”

Goals from Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane gave José Mourinho the flawless start to his career at Tottenham thanks to a 3-0 win away at London rivals West Ham.

After a strong opening, Son Heung-min opened the scoring for Spurs before Lucas Moura doubled the lead.

Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane scored in a 13-minute span around halftime at the Olympic Stadium, with Tottenham having a spark to its play rarely seen in the final months of Mauricio Pochettino's reign.

That ended on Tuesday, allowing for the return of Mourinho to the Premier League almost a year after he was sacked by Manchester United.

"To confess to you, the most hard moment for me in these 11 months was the part of the summer where for the first time I didn't have a pre-season and I was looking at other teams and other managers doing pre-seasons".

"The thing that was the most weird feeling was that I was going to football stadiums and sometimes I was finding myself wondering what I was doing here".

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"[Alli's] too good to not be one of the best players in the world and not playing with the national team", he added. I spent a few minutes with him in training and outside the pitch. And we were saying that the best Dele Alli has to be back.

"And I think we are lucky that I have so many years of Premier League (experience) that I told the players at half-time, even if it is 3-0, minute 85 the game will be open. He did everything I asked him to do".

Spurs ended a series of five Premier League matches without a win and Mourinho said he was pleased with his players' response to the managerial change.

"It was very very important - 11 months without music in the away dressing room, without a smile or happiness", he said.

"I was really happy for an hour". I think also my players paid a little bit the price for a very, very hard week.

There were two headline team news items in his long-favoured 4-2-3-1 system; one being the omission of Christian Eriksen, the other the return of Dier in midfield.

"I think my players paid the price of a very hard week".

"It was a week where they arrived back from their national teams, some of them from hard matches, some of them from travelling, to a change of manager, and a new guy arrives".

We will know more after they Tuesday's Champions League clash with Olympiacos at White Hart Lane but the head coach who has been brought in to instil a winning mentality and finally bring trophies to the club has made a triumphant start.



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