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Arteta - Mourinho gives them that 'extra edge'

Mikel Arteta

Mikel Arteta has the utmost respect for Jose Mourinho.

The two head coaches were appointed at their respective clubs midway through the season, and will face off against each other for the very first time in Sunday's north London derby.


And Arteta is expecting Tottenham Hotspur to play with an 'extra edge' thanks to Mourinho.


"They have had some ups and downs but overall you can clearly see what he wants to bring to the club. He manages the energy, the momentum and establishes a really strong culture in every football club," our head coach said.


"As well, he makes sure that he wins and he's won in every single club that he's been at. Obviously the situation and the timing when he arrived is different than starting a new project right from the summer, but I'm sure he will be successful because he always finds the right way to do it. It will take him a bit of time but I'm sure he will do it.


"He has a very clear way of playing and a very clear way of how he manages games. I think clean sheets are a big thing that he want to do, but don’t forget his teams always score a lot of goals and they are really successful and he’s been able to win titles because of that.


"I think in a long period they’ve had a lot of injuries so he hasn’t had the chance to be consistent with his team and that’s a big disadvantage that they have. I know that he’s done it and I know people that have worked with him and he always find a way to be successful and I’m sure he’ll do it again.

"That's probably one of the reasons that they have brought Jose in, because of his experience in dealing with those situations and having that extra edge to become a winning team."

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