Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has added to his list of legendary press conference quotes with a 4-minute long defence of striker Harry Kane.
Spurs were held to a 1-1 draw against Mourinho’s former club Manchester United in the Premier League on Friday in their first game since the season’s resumption.
The game saw Kane play competitive football for the first time in over 6 months – the England skipper recovering from a hamstring injury sustained back on January 3 which needed surgery.
Naturally, with a lack of competitive action comes a lack of sharpness, and the striker’s performance drew criticism from some pundits.
One of whom was Paul Merson – the former Arsenal man suggesting that Kane, who has over 100 Premier League goals to his name, may struggle to score in a Jose Mourinho side.
That led Spurs boss Mourinho to leap to the defence of his forward by rattling off a list of strikers he has worked with, and their goals-per-season averages under his stewardship.
The Portuguese said:
“I had a few strikers that played for me, and they are not bad.
“I had one guy called Drogba. He played for me 4 seasons. He scored 186 goals. Which gives an average of 46 goals per season.
“I had one guy that is not also bad. Plays for Juventus now. He played for me 3 seasons. He scored 168 goals, which gives an average of 56 goals per season.
“I had a tall guy called Zlatan. He played for me one and a half seasons. He scored 58 goals. Which gives a 29 average per season.
“So dear Paul, I have lots of respect for you, but I think Harry Kane has no problems to score goals in my teams.”
Former Mourinho pupils Karim Benzema and Diego Milito were also name checked in the Tottenham boss’ rant, as the 3-time Premier League winner made sure to assert his feelings on the matter.