Jose Mourinho picks his favourite Premier League team


Jose Mourinho has named Aston Villa as his favourite Premier League team after seeing Tottenham down much-lauded Leeds in north London.

Spurs eased to a 3-0 win in their latest top-flight game, with their Portuguese manager once again getting the better of Marcelo Bielsa.

Leeds have won many admirers this campaign, with the Whites refusing to change their ways after returning to the Premier League, but Mourinho is not their biggest fan.

His next Premier League game will see Spurs head to Villa on January 13, with Mourinho expecting a tough test against Dean Smith’s team.

Mourinho told BT Sport after suggestions that an “easier” run is approaching for Spurs: “When we played the people who are considered the top six people say easier games are coming but I of course don’t believe it.

“Leeds are difficult and Aston Villa is my favourite team in the Premier League at the moment. I enjoy watching them, they have good players and are very well coached. This is up next.”

Mourinho added: “The three points are very important. I think we understood well how they could hurt us and how we could hurt them. In that aspect I am happy but I still think we can and have to do better.”

Quizzed on whether he has the most destructive strike pairing (Harry Kane and Son) in the League, Mourinho said: “Of course, the understanding is good and against Leeds it was important to have that ability in attack.

“They stay man-to-man so if you stay static you give them an easy job. That movement of Harry Kane and Sonny in the finishing positions fit well.

“I think in the Premier League there are many good players everywhere even in clubs where you don’t believe they can have great players. But I have to say that Sonny and Harry are doing special things this season.

“I want goals coming from other players and I want them to feel like they can express themselves.

“We had Toby [Alderweireld] of course in set-plays. We have players in other positions to score. We have players from other positions appearing in finishing positions which is what I want from them.”


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