Tottenham defender Ben Davies has described Jose Mourinho as a “dream” manager – and admitted that the arrival of the Portuguese head coach in late-November gave the entire club a boost.
The Welshman, who hasn’t always been Spurs’ first-choice left-back since joining from Swansea City in the summer of 2014 by Mauricio Pochettino, but has been one of the club’s consistent performers, has missed the majority of the Mourinho reign after limping out of the victory at West Ham in his first game after suffering an ankle injury.
After scans showed that Davies sustained ligament damage in the 3-2 success at the London Stadium, he would miss almost three months of action before returning for another 3-2 victory – this time at Villa Park back in February.
The 26-year-old goes on to praise the former Chelsea and Manchester United manager for the way he dealt with him during his injury, calling Mourinho as “brilliant” throughout.
“I think he’s been great for the club,” Davies told NBC Sports. “Having someone of his stature and calibre coming to the club really gives everyone a lift.”
“To have someone like him believe that this club can win things then it’s a dream manager to have. If he’s putting his trust in us then we can only give everything to him and put our trust in him.
“Personally for me it’s been quite tough. I got injured in his first game. The next few weeks after that is when players look to make the best impression they can.
“I can’t say a bad word about him though because throughout my time out injured he was in constant contact with me. He gave me so much support and made sure that when I came back I was right. For me he’s been brilliant.”