Mourinho has shed blood on the young men who played in the final 16 games, 8 to 1 in total, in the second leg of the Europa League against Wolfsberger.
File image of Dane Scarlett. AFP
Jose Mourinho compared Dane Scarlett and Marcus Rashford, 16-year-old boys who were impressed with Tottenham’s victory over Wolfsberger in the 4-0 Europa League.
The Spurs boss took this opportunity to shed blood when the players played in the last 16 games of the match 8 to 1 in the second leg on Wednesday.
It was a rare opportunity for Mourinho to emphasize the positives after the worst execution of his great managerial career.
Tottenham has lost 6 in the last 8 games in all tournaments and finished 9th in the Premier League and from the FA Cup.
Winning the Europa League is probably the best chance to play in the Champions League next season.
Scarlett is the first 16-year-old to assist the Europa League goal against Tottenham in Monaco since Kylian Mbappe in 2015.
His performance reinforces his belief that Mourinho is ready to be promoted to the first team next season.
“He’s a diamond and a kid with incredible potential,” said the Spurs boss. “He will be 17 next month. I want him to be part of the first team next season.
“Next season he must be a player on the first team. Huge talent. Very good physical development.
“He’s a striker, number 9. But like Marcus Rashford, I’ve played him from the side. He’s already very smart.”
Mourinho said it was up to him and his coaching staff to stay focused on Scarlett.
“I hope there is nothing to destroy that possibility,” he said. “He has a great talent, so he has to put his feet on the ground and turn his head to his shoulders.
“So this season he’s there, going to a training session with us, playing against kids of his age and training there.”
Mourinho joked that players should not be praised too much as they may face backlash from within the club.
“Dane has a great talent,” he said. “Tomorrow I’m arriving at the building and I don’t want to talk too much because my kid’s boss (Academy director Dean Rastrick) is trying to kill me.”
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Europa League: Jose Mourinho compares “Diamond” Tottenham teens Dane Scarlett and Marcus Rashford
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