Jose Mourinho called Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg a “phenomenal player” after Tottenham’s derby victory over Arsenal on Sunday.
Tottenham midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg was praised for his display against Arsenal by Jose Mourinho.
In the North London derby, as Spurs posted a 2-0 victory to stay top of the Premier League, Son Heung-min and Harry Kane combined twice.
The success of Hojbjerg won Spurs manager Mourinho respect, with the 25-year-old also providing Tottenham’s only other shot on target.
“Pierre is, first of all, very intelligent. He reads the game very well. He’s going to be a coach one day, for sure,” Mourinho told a news conference.
“He’s a pain, asking questions about why we do this and why we do that. On the pitch, he reads the situation very, very well and the people that surround him are really compact, they read the game.”
“Physically he’s very, very strong and technically he’s much better than people think. Because sometimes people think the guy that is good technically is the guy that does the backheel. The guy that is good technically is the guy that does something wonderful. But these are not my words. These are words from coaches of 30, 40 years ago. Simplicity is genius.”
“And the guy is so simple in everything he does with the ball. And I think he’s a phenomenal player. Congratulations, Mr. [Daniel] Levy [Spurs chairman].”