Tottenham’s 3-1 victory over Newcastle was special in more ways than one for Jose Mourinho, not least because it was an opportunity to pay tribute to his former mentor: Sir Bobby Robson.
The Portuguese coach owes his ascent to the top of world football in part to Robson, having started his coaching career under the emblematic boss of Porto and Sporting Lisbon, working first as a translator before becoming his assistant.
Mourinho tasted the league victory at St James’ Park for the first time as a manager in the eighth attempt on Wednesday night, a relief as he prepared to walk past his mentor’s statue en route to the team coach.
Jose Mourinho pays homage to his mentor Sir Bobby Robson following a win over Newcastle
Harry Kane’s double in a 3-1 win over the Magpies helped him win his first away game against them
Robson has a statue outside St James’ Park, with Mourinho having started his career under him
The Portuguese said: “For me it’s a good feeling, yes, not because it was the only stadium in the English Premier League where I had never won before, I have no problem with that.
“But of course I’m very happy for the team and finally I can leave the stadium and walk past Mr. Robson’s statue and laugh with him because every time I come here I leave the stadium and watch it with a sad face.
“It’s the first time I can leave the stadium and smile.”
The Portuguese boss first worked as a translator for Robson before becoming his assistant
The former Real Madrid boss also supported Harry Kane’s quest for another 200 goals after watching the Englishman complete his first double century with two goals against the Magpies.
Kane dedicated the victory to his teammate Serge Aurier following the death of his brother Christopher earlier this week.
He tweeted, “This victory was for you @ Serge-aurier. Very proud to reach 200 club goals. On the next 200, ”and quickly received approval from his manager.
Mourinho said, “He is a young man. Two hundred goals at his age with the remaining years he has in front of him, it’s very normal for him to speak of “Let’s go 200 more”.
“He’s a goal scorer, he’s a youngster. He has a lot going on, so let’s go for 200 more, I’m with him.
Mourinho thinks Kane (right) can still score 200 goals after reaching a double century
Kane struck after the break after a calm first half according to his criteria for winning the match after Matt Ritchie canceled the opening of Son Heung-min in spectacular style.
The English captain first passed defender Emil Krafth to lead the inviting center for substitute Steven Bergwijn, then bent to convert the rebound after the shot of his compatriot Erik Lamela was parried by goalkeeper Martin Dubravka in the last minute of normal time.
Magpies head coach Steve Bruce said, “There’s the difference, that quality at the top of the field.
“Until then, we had kept him very, very calm, but he goes away with two goals and he’s a center forward and a goalscorer and why they’re worth their weight in gold. “
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce was frustrated by the difference in quality of screen attacks
If Mourinho headed south with a qualification for the Europa League in mind, Bruce, his counterpart, had to think about an extremely expensive evening.
Defender Fabian Schar suffered a dislocated shoulder one day after skipper Jamaal Lascelles had ankle surgery, and striker Allan Saint-Maximin injured his calf.
Bruce said, “With the turnaround time being so fast, we even have to be ready for next season. We are on our bare bones.