Heung-Min Son has heaped praise on Jose Mourinho after Tottenham’s third successive victory under their new manager.
Spurs beat Bournemouth 3-2 in the Premier League on Saturday to make it three wins from three after victories over West Ham United and Olympiacos. Son provided two assists against the Cherries, including an excellent cross for Moussa Sissoko’s surprise volley.
The South Korean scored the first goal of the Mourinho era, finding the net with an emphatic finish after some tidy footwork at the London Stadium last month.
And ahead of Wednesday’s crunch clash with Mourinho’s former club Manchester United at Old Trafford, Son has credited the Portuguese coach for instilling a positive vibe at Tottenham following Mauricio Pochettino’s exit.
“He’s very kind. He’s smiling, making jokes with the players. I like it, of course. I think the results changed a lot, the positive vibe,” Son said (via the Daily Star).
“Everyone is positive before games. The gaffer is doing a great job and we are really happy with him. The atmosphere changed a lot with the positive vibes.
“It was a sad week. You don’t want to see your manager sacked. But we are professional enough. Three games, we won. The results are really positive.
“The lads, with positive energy, with smiling. I think this is the most important thing. I think this is what changed.
“He was at United for two years, I think. We just want to keep smiling after the game when we see the fans. We want to get the best result for him and for ourselves as well.”
Son was one of Spurs’ most consistent performers during Pochettino’s reign, even when things weren’t going well for the Argentine in recent weeks, so there was always a worry that he would suffer a dip under a new manager.
So far, it looks like that is far from the case. Son appears to be a key player in Mourinho’s system, and long may it continue.