Jose Mourinho praised Mikel Arteta for the way Arsenal played in the North London derby with Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. Spurs won the game 2-0 with goals from Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane and the win sees Tottenham still topping the Premier League table. After the game Mourinho praised Arteta as the Portuguese insisted that beating Arsenal wasn’t an easy task for his team.
“It was a big game in every sense, not just because it was Tottenham-Arsenal,” Mourinho told Sky Sports. “I want to give words, congratulations to Mikel Arteta because he gave us a very difficult game. Tactically they were very good, very organised. They gave us problems, problems we were able to resolve. They have a good tactical courage and incredible spirit. They are a good team and he is a good coach.”
“We were reading the game and making the changes to win it because 2-0 was in our hands against a great and difficult opponent but my boys did well today. I am very happy with the result and the performance, but of course I want the team in the second half to play in a different way. In reality you don’t always do what you want to do because your opponent forces you in a different direction.”
“You are winning 2-0, why would you expose your defensive block if you don’t have to? It was a very difficult game. I can imagine tomorrow the headlines will be about them not being in a good position in the table, but I believe with these players and Mikel it will be Arsenal vs Tottenham again.” After 11 games Spurs have collected 24 points.