Jose Mourinho told talkSPORT that Harry Kane ‘did it all’ in Tottenham’s 2-0 win over Manchester City on Saturday, as he praised his team’s progress.
The talismanic Spurs forward put on a magnificent display from start to finish as Heung-min Son and Giovani Lo Celso caught the goals as Spurs rose to the top of the Premier League.
Mourinho, who has now managed Tottenham for a year, said: “Today we had a plan and the players know what they did to follow through on that plan, how difficult it was.
“The plan was not at all easy, especially because it was built on the basis of theoretical and tactical meetings and not on pitches because we had no conditions for it.
“I’m happy with that, I’m happy that everyone is playing for the team.
“You see for example the performance of Harry Kane, he did everything, he did everything for the team.
“He’s fantastic and he represents the spirit of the team very well. Then you look at the other guys.
“And I went from Serge Aurier to Steven Bergwijn, all the players had the same mentality and I used to say that the most difficult thing in the team to be stable is the attitude.
“We’re getting there, the players are getting there.”
Regarding Kane, who played a key role in the goals for both Spurs, Mourinho added: “He’s a fantastic player. Maybe he will be responsible for all those who love football to change the way people look at a striker.
“The tendency is to see how many goals a striker has scored – you are as good as the number of goals you score.
“There is a Golden Shoe for that. But a striker can be the man of the match – I don’t know who was responsible for giving him that award but I applaud him – because a striker can be the man of the match without scoring.
The result left Tottenham at the top of the league on Saturday night, although Leicester would regain the position if they beat Liverpool on Sunday.
“It feels good, but if Leicester wins tomorrow and he’s at the top of the league again, that’s not a problem at all for me,” Mourinho continued.
“I’m not focused on this, I’m focused on the process.
“On the process, you compare your team – how your team was three months ago, how your team was eight months ago, how your team was a year ago and that’s the problem for me.
“It’s the process and I’m very happy with a lot of things, a lot of things. We have so much to improve, but I’m happy.
The only negative point for Spurs was an injury to Toby Alderweireld, who alongside his other center-back Eric Dier has repeatedly refused the outside side with blocks and clearances.
Mourinho admitted the muscle problem was ‘bad’ but insisted no one was to blame.
The post-game interview with city boss Guardiola was of course much less optimistic.
Despite being at the forefront for much of the game, City couldn’t find the net.
“They scored the two chances they had, we didn’t score the number of chances we had,” Guardiola told talkSPORT’s Sam Matterface.
“We gave the first goal, we have to defend better, we have to score more goals.
“The numbers don’t lie to us.
“We created enough chances to score, but we didn’t score.”
He added: “They shoot twice [on target] and scores two goals. We can’t score with 22 shots. We need to shoot more on the target.
“We created chances, but the reality is we are struggling to score goals. I don’t have the feeling that we are playing badly, but football is the details in the boxes.
“There are a lot of teams in front of us [in the table] and if we don’t start winning, it’s [the title] will not be possible and we know it.