Mourinho gives Arteta verdict; reveals Kane injury ‘chance’

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho believes Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is a “very talented” coach ahead of the north London derby this weekend.

Arteta has seen pressure grow in recent weeks with Arsenal only winning one of their last six Premier League fixtures, scoring just two goals in the process.

That sees the Gunners lie in 14th position as they prepare to travel across north London to face league leaders Spurs on Sunday in the derby.

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And ahead of the fixture, Mourinho praised Arteta for winning the FA Cup in his first season in charge, while hailing him as a “talented coach”.

Mourinho told Sky Sports: “He is a good coach. He is a talented coach. He won already an important competition in the first few months of his career; that we cannot deny.

“To be the Arsenal coach, you have to be good – if you are not good, you are not there.

“So yes, I think Mikel is a good coach but I want to respect the others – especially the others that I don’t know well and probably are also very talented.”


And the fixture against Arsenal will see the return of 2,000 Spurs fans in the home end, which Mourinho has welcomed.

Mourinho added: “I think this moment will be a privilege. They will feel privileged to be one of the 2,000 fans.

“But it’s just the first step. As soon as possible we will have football back to normality.”

On team news for the match, Mourinho revealed that Harry Kane, Sergio Reguilon and Vinicius Junior only have “a chance” of being fit.

“I don’t believe he [Lamela] has a chance for the weekend,” Mourinho continued. “Harry, Vinicius and Sergio; there is a chance for them to be [fit] for the weekend.”


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