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Pochettino Deserves Credit for Kane-Son Partnership - Mourinho

Pochettino Deserves Credit for Kane-Son Partnership - Mourinho Photo: TT
Tottenham Hotspur's South Korean striker Son Heung-Min (L) celebrates with Tottenham Hotspur's English striker Harry Kane (R) after scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Burnley and Tottenham Hotspur at Turf Moo

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho says predecessor Mauricio Pochettino deserves credit for the fruitful partnership forged between Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min.

The duo combined again for Tottenham’s winner in a 1-0 victory at Burnley on Monday night, helping Spurs move up to fifth in the English Premier League.

South Korea international Son is the equal top scorer in the league with seven strikes, while Kane has five, but he’s also provided a league-high seven assists.

Kane glanced on a header from a corner, which fell to Son to divert home for the 76th minute winner against the Clarets.

Earlier this season, Kane provided four assists for Son in a 5-2 win away to Southampton.

“It is an understanding that comes from Mauricio’s time,” Mourinho said.

“I don’t want all the credit myself, let’s share with Mauricio. They play together for a long time, probably a different way because Harry is not always a nine now.

“What pleases me more about them both is that they are two top players but close friends, no jealousy, they both play for the team.”

Pochettino managed Spurs from 2014 to 2019 but was dismissed in November last year after a below par run of results, despite taking Tottenham to the 2018-19 UEFA Champions League final and numerous top four league finishes.

While Mourinho was keen to point out Pochettino’s impact on the pair’s partnership, it is noteworthy that it has been particularly prolific this season, with Spurs currently the top scorers in the top flight with 16 goals.

Kane said: “Me and Sonny have had a nice little partnership going recently and hopefully it continues.

“I think having more understanding when I’m dropping deep for him to run in behind (makes the difference). It is just confidence as well. Even today it was not an amazing assist but it fell well for Sonny.”

Elsewhere, Brighton and West Bromwich Albion drew 1-1 with Karlan Ahearne-Grant scoring an 83rd minute equaliser.

Ben somerford
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