Jose Mourinho praises a ‘very good’ ball boy

Jose Mourinho’s first home game in charge was a cracker as Tottenham bounced back from two down to progress to the knockout stages of the Champions League with a dramatic 4-2 win over Olympiakos.

Spurs’ equaliser came when a ball boy, sat close to the home dug-out, returned the ball quickly to Serge Aurier after it had gone out of play and from his throw-in, Spurs caught Olympiakos off guard to level through Kane.

Mourinho made a point of shaking the ball boy’s hand after the goal and told his press conference.

“To get the ball back in play quickly, you have to be a very good ball boy. I was between 10 and 16 years old, a very good ball boy and he is too. He understands the game, reads it, he’s not just to look at the stands, and he’s living the game and playing it very well.

“I wanted to invite him to the dressing room to celebrate with us, but he disappeared!”