Tottenham Hotspur: Son Heung-min's post-match demeanour reveals problems in Jose Mourinho's team

Son Heung-min, Tottenham
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Jose Mourinho’s career is littered with achievements. He made Porto the only team outside Europe’s top five domestic divisions to win the Champions League in the modern era. He secured Chelsea’s first league title in half a century with what remains statistically the best defence in English league history. He took Inter Milan back to the summit of European football after a 45-year wait.

But perhaps his most remarkable feat came on Sunday. He broke Son Heung-min. The South Korean’s nickname has reflected his demeanour; ‘Sonny’ has invariably had a sunny disposition, projecting a smiling likeability that, coupled with his goal return and energetic, attacking style of play, has made him the sort of figure many would love to see at their clubs. He felt one of football’s endearing optimists; until after Tottenham Hotspur’s 3-1 defeat to Manchester United, he conducted an interview with the club website which was an exercise in despondency.

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