Tottenham hit back to beat Olympiacos in Mourinho's first home game

Tottenham hit back to beat Olympiacos in Mourinho's first home game

Tottenham hit back to beat Olympiacos in Mourinho's first home game

As the ball went out of play, the youngster quickly tossed it back to Aurier, who set Lucas Moura free down the flank.

However, the first 20 minutes showed the work Mourinho has ahead to make Tottenham as tight at the back as his most successful sides over the past two decades.

"I love intelligent ballboys, like I was", Mourinho told BT Sport. And this kid today was brilliant, because he reads the game, he understands the game and he made an assist.

They looked a completely different side after the break and Harry Kane pulled them level just five minutes after the restart.

"He's there living the game and playing the game very, very well".

Mourinho told BBC Radio 5 Live: "I tried to invite him into the dressing room after the game to celebrate with the team but he'd slipped away".

Kane sealed the points five minutes later when he headed in Eriksen's risky delivery - his 23rd goal in 23 games in all competitions for club and country this season.

Mourinho also offered an apology to Spurs midfielder Eric Dier after substituting him on 29 minutes.

And Kane put the seal on morale-boosting second half when he stooped to head home his 23rd goal of the season in as many games for club and country.

"The next game at home I expect the boys to start without ghosts, to start immediately open and confident because the players are very, very good players", he said after citing his belief that the scars of the Bayern defeat were still apparent early on against Olympiakos.

"I hurt the player but hurt myself".

Jose Mourinho however, dedicated the majority of his post-match press conference to the ball boy who began the counter-attack with a swift response to the ball going out of play. It wasn't about his performance, it was about what the team needed. "Maybe I should have gone for a couple of changes to give us some more energy".

"We need to defend better and when I say defend better we say press better, because the strategy of the game was to press them higher. I apologise to Eric, in spite of the fact he knows I did it for the team and not with the intention to hurt him".

The brace makes Kane the fastest player to ever reach 20 goals in Champions League history, reaching the mark in 24 games, two faster than Alessandro Del Piero.

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