The ball boy Callum Hynes has given his assessment of Jose Mourinho’s praise on him following Tottenham’s comeback triumph over Olympiacos in the Champions League
It was the ball boy who helped Spurs level the score against the Greek visitors on Tuesday, and eventually, seal a place in the competition’s knockout stage with a game to spare.
His quick reaction aided Serge Aurier to take fast throw-in that led to Harry Kane’s goal in Tottenham’s 4-2 comeback win over Olympiacos.
Jose Mourinho was effusive in his praise of ballboy Callum Hynes, who insists he was just "doing his job". https://t.co/E1OfNshybe— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) November 28, 2019
Inspired by Hynes’ quick thinking, Jose Mourinho has heaped praise on the Spurs’ ball boy, first on the pitch and then in the post-match conference.
“He understands the game, reads it, he’s not just to look at the stands, he’s living the game and playing it very well,” the ‘Special One’ said.
While it might seem like one of his usual pranks at first, the Portuguese manager has actually invited the fifteen-year-old to Tottenham’s dressing room for the after-match celebration.
However, Hynes had to turn it down because of a maths exam the following day, but he has thanked Mourinho for all he did and said about him.
“It’s all a bit surreal,” he told the club’s website, as reported by Sky Sports. “I was just doing my job, and I still can’t quite believe what happened.
The ball boy who propelled Tottenham's crucial equaliser against Olympiakos in the Champions League on Tuesday says Jose Mourinho's gesture has "made his life".— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) November 28, 2019
“I didn’t even see the goal! I was busy getting the ball that had come off, and then I heard the cheer. I turned around, and Harry was celebrating. I looked at the replay on the screen and watched exactly what happened.
“You can see from my smile it was just unbelievable. Jose didn’t have to do that. It was really nice of him to come over to me. It’s made my day, my life, really! I love Spurs, and it was an amazing moment I’ll never forget.”