Former Tottenham boss and Arsenal Football Club’s arch-nemesis Jose Mourinho has compared reported Mikel Arteta target Raheem Sterling to Spurs star Son Heung-min, while speaking on TalkSport yesterday.
England started off their Euro 2020 campaign with a well-deserved win thanks to the Manchester City star’s 57th-minute goal. Croatia offered very little throughout the game, and although the 1-0 scoreline makes it look like a hard-fought victory, the Three Lions were never really under any threat.
Sterling makes the headlines for his well-taken goal and righty so. However, Harry Kane’s movement and Kalvin Phillips’ excellence on the ball in the buildup deserve a ton of praise too.
Mourinho was quick to praise his former Spurs star. He lauded the Englishman’s movement off the ball, and while doing so, he compared Sterling’s run to what Son did time and time again under him before he was sacked.
Jose Mourinho: Arsenal-linked Raheem Sterling emulated Tottenham’s Son
He said: “I think Harry Kane did half of the job too without touching the ball because these kind of strikers know how difficult it is to play against these guys. Without touching the ball, they create problems for their defence.
“It’s what happened to [Domagoj] Vida. Instead of giving cover to Raheem’s run, he was chasing Harry’s movement. So Harry’s not touching the ball, but he did half of the job. Of course Kalvin made the run, was composed and saw Harry’s movement but didn’t pass the ball to Harry.
“Then he sees the space and he plays that ball. Without touching the ball he opened the gap and Sterling made the run. Like [Heung-min] Son at Tottenham did that so many times.”
The Daily Mail revealed a week ago that Arsenal boss Arteta is keen to bring his former colleague to the Emirates, while The Sun claimed that Arsenal are ahead of Tottenham in the race to sign the Manchester City superstar.
A deal to sign Sterling is next to impossible at the moment, but if there’s one man who can convince him to switch Manchester for North London, it’s Arteta.