Jose Mourinho praises ball boy after Tottenham's Champions League win

Jose Mourinho praises ball boy after Tottenham's Champions League win

His speedy retrieval of a ball early in the second half allowed Serge Aurier to set Lucas Moura clear with a quick throw-in, and the Brazilian set up Harry Kane to make it 2-2. "And this kid today was brilliant".

"To do that you have to be a very good ball boy", added the Portuguese.

"He reads the game. he's not there just to look at the stands".

Cheered on by over 5,000 fans, Olympiakos just over five minutes into the game shocked the hosts with a long-range shot by Youssef El-Arabi that tossed the Tottenham goal net.

Mourinho told BBC Radio 5 Live: "I tried to invite him into the dressing room after the game to celebrate with the team but he'd slipped away".

Mourinho then reluctantly made the hard decision to bring off Dier and replace him with Eriksen, a move which was eventually vindicated with a result which guarantees Spurs second spot in the group.

Calling it the most hard moment of the game, he added: "Hurt the player but hurt myself". It was not long before unmarked Kane headed home his second from close range for 4-2 after a Christian Eriksen freekick on the 77th minute.

And Kane put the seal on morale-boosting second half when he stooped to head home his 23rd goal of the season in as many games for club and country.

Mourinho had seen enough inside the first half-hour to make a change as Dier was sacrificed to make way for Eriksen.

"The levels of the intensity were really, really high at West Ham, and today I chose to play with the same team". It was for the team and we needed a different solution. "We went out there with a bit more freedom and that helped". I apologized to him, although he knows I did it for the team. "Christian gave us what we needed".

Kane also created history with his second goal, becoming the fastest player in Champions League history to score 20 goals in the competition.

The previous record was held by Italy legend Alessandro del Piero, who scored 20 goals in 26 games for Juventus. He would end his career on 42 Champions League goals, all for Juve.

He said: "There is no question that Jose coming in means Tottenham would have more chance of keeping those players (including Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld) who are having contractual problems".

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