Spurs boss Mourinho dubs Hojbjerg 'Zidane'

Tanya Simon
October 23, 2020

The new season in the UEFA Europa League starts Thursday (Oct. 22, 2020) as host Tottenham takes on LASK at 3 p.m. EST in a Group J encounter.

Manager Jose Mourinho commended the midfielder for his contributions, comparing him to the legendary Zinedine Zidane who now serves as Real Madrid's head coach.

And now the full-back appears to have played his last game for Spurs after being left out of their 25-man Premier League squad.

"We were having a laugh at half-time, and we were all calling him Zidane".

That led some observers to say it had been a "Spursy' display, a tag used to describe Tottenham's habit of contriving to make a mess of a promising position late on. Very fearless. So happy with Pierre".

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The cut could have shelved him for the entirety of the fixture, but Hojbjerg chose to demonstrate his never-say-die attitude as he played for 62 minutes for the Hotspurs.

The left-back is out of favour at Spurs but was not able to leave the London club during the transfer window.

The second goal came less than ten minutes later, after Sergio Reguilon's fantastic run created space for Gareth Bale, whose cross was turned into the net by LASK defender Andres Andrade. Korean standout Heung-min Son hammered the final nail in the coffin to secure the flawless win.

AS Roma also managed to come back from a goal down to beat Swiss side Young Boys 2-1 away thanks to two goals in five second-half minutes by Bruno Peres and Marash Kumbulla to get their Group A campaign off to a winning start. We went out there and did a great job. "It's a bit of a shame still, it's not easy not to speak English so the adaption to the group in spite of having awesome guys that try to make him feel well, isn't easy", Mourinho told reporters.

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