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“We were all calling him Zidane” – Mourinho gives his take on Tottenham star’s silky skill vs LASK

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Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho likens Pierre Emile-Hojbjerg to Zinedine Zidane

According to the Daily Mail, Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has been suitably impressed after Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg impressed in our 3-0 win over LASK in the Europa League.

The Dane showcased a piece of skill to beat two players, much to Mourinho’s amusement. His execution of the skill associated with Zinedine Zidane saw Mourinho and his staff in good spirits at half-time.

The Spurs boss also praised the player’s fighting spirit. Hojbjerg shrugged off an eye injury to play through the pain barrier on the night.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg joined Tottenham this week

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg joined Tottenham from Southampton

While Mourinho may have found Hojbjerg’s skill amusing, he hopes the player will not make a habit of using it on a consistent basis.

“We were having a laugh at half-time and we were all calling him Zidane. Very nice but don’t do it again, Pierre.”

Signed from Southampton in the summer, the 25-year-old has hit the ground running at Spurs. he has grown into a hugely influential figure at the club and does his talking on the pitch.

Mourinho also praised the player for his performances since joining the club. He also went on to indicate that Hojbjerg has what it takes to be the captain.

“He’s a very good player, a good leader and a captain without the armband.”

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Given his fighting qualities and consistency, the Dane is someone who walks the talk and leads by example. Whether he will eventually take the armband from Hugo Lloris remains to be seen. But for now, he will do well to keep his Zidanesque skills locked up.

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