Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min says outsiders perhaps “misunderstand” Jose Mourinho’s intense approach and desire to win, but inside the club he is seen as a friendly character with the right mental approach to bring trophies back to the club.
Former Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid boss Mourinho took over from Mauricio Pochettino partway through last season, just months after his predecessor had taken Spurs to the Champions League final.
But despite those steps forward, Pochettino failed to help his side win any silverware during his time at the club. Son feels the squad are confident that Mourinho can change that, after a good start to 2020/21.
"Some people misunderstand the manager," said Son to Goal.com.
"Maybe they have a different opinion compared to what he really is, but we see him every day and it is a great atmosphere at the training ground. We laugh and smile at training every day and you can see that in the Amazon video.
"He has a winning mentality and we all believe he can bring us success and take us to the next level.
"Now we are together for one year and it has been fantastic. Last season was difficult at times with all the injuries, but we have started this season so well and I just want to keep this feeling and achieve success with him."
Erik Lamela echoed those sentiments, saying the manager’s relationship with the squad is of the highest level and they are confident he can lead Spurs back to silverware.
"Whatever people might say about him, I find Mourinho to be a really nice person and we smile with him every day.
“He is very honest with the players and we have a good relationship with him. Also, he is a winner and we want to win with him.”