Wolverhampton Wanderers head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has spoken highly of Tottenham Hotspur counterpart Jose Mourinho ahead of Wolves facing Spurs in the Premier League on Sunday (Wolves website).
Mourinho and Nuno will renew acquaintances once again when their sides lock horns at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the two Portuguese coaches going back a number of years.
The Spurs boss steered Porto to the Champions League trophy in 2004, with Nuno a goalkeeper in the squad which lifted the cup after running out 3-0 winners over Monaco in Gelsenkirchen.
Since then, Mourinho has managed an array of illustrious clubs including Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Manchester United, while Nuno managed Rio Ave, Valencia and Porto prior to taking the Wolves job.
Asked by the Wolves media team about his relationship with Mourinho, Nuno replied: “It’s very good.
“He’s a fantastic manager, I know him, I was his former player and I have a lot of admiration for Mourinho; it’s public, and now we are opponents.
“We are opponents, but always with the respect and admiration of all that Mourinho has achieved.”
Two of the brightest managers in the Premier League, with huge mutual respect and admiration for each other, will once again renew acquaintances as managers of leading teams.
Mourinho has not long taken the reins at Spurs and is still stamping his mark on the team, while also dealing with a severe crisis up front, given Harry Kane and Son Heung-min’s injury layoffs.
Nuno, meanwhile, has shaken off a poor start to the season to get Wolves on the up again, and both teams are harbouring real hopes of finishing in the top four of the table.