In the penultimate episode of Amazon’s All or Nothing documentary series, there is a focus on Tottenham midfielder Giovani Lo Celso.
After a slow start to his Spurs career, Lo Celso gradually developed into one of Spurs’ top performers last season.
He was particularly impressive during a spell in which Tottenham were out of sorts. With Harry Kane and Son Heung-min sidelined with injuries, the team struggled for goals and results – but Lo Celso always gave 100% to try and turn things around.
His efforts didn’t go unnoticed by Mourinho. After a strong individual performance in a 1-1 draw with Burnley, the Spurs boss waxed lyrical about Lo Celso in a meeting with his coaching staff.
Mourinho admitted his first impression of Lo Celso wasn’t a good one, but the Argentine soon changed his manager’s mind.
“What I said when I arrived here about Lo Celso – ‘I don’t believe the kid can do it’. He looked like a shy kid,” Mourinho said.
“And then little by little the guy changed my mind and I started giving him opportunities. And the guy transformed himself into what he is today.”
Technically, Lo Celso’s performance dipped slightly after lockdown as he appeared to be playing through injury. But his work-rate off the ball did not drop.
His absence was clear in Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Everton – hopefully he will be back as soon as possible.