Jose Mourinho expressed delight with his players after securing the first victory as the Tottenham Hotspur manager
The Portuguese tactician, who replaced Mauricio Pochettino a few days ago, kick-started his career in north London with a tight 3-2 away win over West Ham United.
It was Spurs’ first away triumph in the Premier League this season, and also the first league road trip that saw them score more than once per match.
Heung-min Son and Lucas Moura made sure the visitors take a 2-0 lead into halftime before Harry Kane bagged his seventh goal of the season to make it three for Mourinho’s side.
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But, the lackadaisical attitude in the final 25 minutes almost cost Tottenham all three points, as the Hammers pulled back two late goals through the likes of Michail Antonio and Angelo Ogbonna.
Nonetheless, the ‘Special One’ hailed his team after the match, admitting he saw what he wanted.
“I was really happy before we conceded the two goals,” Mourinho told BT Sport. “We were playing well, bringing to the game things we had tried in training. And we had the ball to make it 4-0 and kill the game.
“We are lucky. I have so many years in the Premier League, so I told the players at half-time ‘even if we are 3-0 in the 85th minute, the game will still be open.’
“But there were also many factors. The emotions of losing the previous manager; people coming back from national teams and fatigue in the last 20 minutes.
“The most important thing was to win, no matter how. The boys are happy and that’s what I really wanted.”