It's said Jose Mourinho doesn't know how to cultivate youth talent. Well, he owes some part of his first Champions League win with Spurs to a teenager, namely a ballboy. If we're looking for evidence that Mourinho - himself a former ballboy - is making an impact at Spurs, perhaps this goal will prove important.
Mourinho's Champions League debut with Spurs started woefully. Spurs trailed Olympiacos 2-0 in the first half. Yet the momentum of the match swung on Harry Kane's 50th minute equaliser, which was set up by the aforementioned ballboy.
You can see below how the ball boy hurried from his line to get the ball back into play for a Serge Aurier throw-in, exactly as Lucas Moura started his run down the sideline. Aurier made the throw as the Olympiakos defense napped. Moura delivered a cross to Kane, who buried his shot in the net. This felt like a set piece, and Mourinho happily saluted the ballboy after the goal.
For everyone who can’t watch the video pic.twitter.com/FgRSzoG4AC
— Del Toro (@torosuperfly16) November 26, 2019
He even singled him out for praise after the match and spoke of his own past as a ballboy. Spurs won 4-2 and now find themselves in the last 16 of the Champions League.
Jose Mourinho on Spurs’ comeback:
"The most important thing is done. We felt with that goal at half-time the second half was clearly possible (to win). I was a brilliant ballboy as a kid, and this kid was brilliant." 💙👏🏻
— Last Word On Spurs (@LastWordOnSpurs) November 26, 2019
This clip from RT proves just how much Mourinho values the ballboy's role in his team's performance
Watch this: Jose Mourinho explaining the vital role of the ballboy. 😍#SpecialOne #THFC https://t.co/DlSsn3WwRN
— Jose Mourinho (@MourinhoNews) November 26, 2019