Jose Mourinho previously explained importance of ball boys before Tottenham ball boy heroics in the Champions League match vs Olympiacos.
Tottenham registered an incredible come from behind victory last night against Olympiacos in the Champions League. At half-time, the match was precariously placed at 2-1 in the favour of Olympiacos. However, a moment of brilliance from a quick-thinking ball boy allowed them to level the scores 5 minutes later.
The young boy’s presences of mind allowed Serge Aurier to take a quick throw in. Lucas Moura then produced an inch perfect assist to Harry Kane, who fired the ball in to level the scores. That proved to be a turning point in the match as Tottenham then went on to score 2 more goals to win the match 4-2 after trailing 2-0 at one point.
Jose Mourinho was seen celebrating with the ball boy at the touchlines after Tottenham equalised and he praised him in an interview after the match.
“I love intelligent ball boys like I was. I was a brilliant ball boy as a kid,” Mourinho told BT Sport. “And this kid today was brilliant.
“He reads the game, understands the game and made an important assist.
“He’s not there just to look to the stands, lights or scarves. He’s living the game and playing it very well.”
However, this is not the first time he has discussed the importance of ball boys before. After Tottenham’s ball boy helped his side launch their incredible comeback yesterday, a clip of Mourinho discussing the importance of the role emerged on social media.
Jose Mourinho previously explained importance of ball boys before Tottenham ball boy heroics
“There is one detail that some media got it. The ball boy,” the Portuguese coach told RT.
“I had a club where they never understood how important the ball boys are.
“You want a quick throw-in; the ball boy needs to know that you want a quick throw-in. The ball must arrive fast.
“The goal kicks, the tempo of the game… the ball boys, in a good structure, can also play a part.”
“I was a ball boy, a top ball boy… when I was a ball boy, I even knew where the players wanted the ball for a corner, so they didn’t need to touch the ball…
“I know that player A, from my home team, wants the ball in this part of the semi-circle. I know that the other one because he’s left footed, wants it here.
“A real football club, every detail is very, very important.”
— Jose Mourinho (@MourinhoNews) November 26, 2019
The comments were made after Liverpool’s historic win over Barcelona in last season’s Champions League semi-finals. Young Oakley Cannonier quickly gave Trent Alexander-Arnold a ball and the right-back took the corner that Divock Origi scored the winner from.
“In this game, the kid, very intelligent, very bright, “Mourinho added.
“I don’t know if he is an academy player or not, but the kid knew what he was going to do.”
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