Lucas Moura has told Brazilian outlet Globo Esporte that he spoke to Chelsea star Willian after Jose Mourinho took over from Mauricio Pochettino as Tottenham Hotspur manager, and that he is enjoying life under the new Spurs boss.
Moura, 27, has become a crucial part of Tottenham’s side under Mourinho – starting 13 of Spurs’ 15 league and cup fixtures under the Portuguese manager. It is somewhat different after starting only six of his previous 13 appearances.
With Harry Kane sidelined until April, Brazil international Moura is being used as the club’s first-choice available striker, though Mourinho is keen to sign a back-up forward before January’s deadline.
Moura, though, expressed how much he is enjoying life at Tottenham under Mourinho, though he did stress that he was anxious upon the arrival of the former Chelsea boss – which prompted him to speak to Willian following Mourinho’s arrival.
“I talked to Willian when Mourinho took charge of Tottenham. He spoke very well of him. When a coach of this calibre like Mourinho arrives, we get anxious about the day-to-day training with him. I was very anxious,” Moura said.
“Willian said that it was very good the time he was at Chelsea with him, that he’s great, that I would like him a lot. He’ll say what he thinks. I’m finding it very positive. It’s a style that I really like.”
TBR’s view – Moura has thrived under Mourinho
Certainly, the Brazilian struggled for regular game time under Pochettino and hardly impressed in the Argentine’s rotation system. Under Mourinho, who looks to play his best side as much as possible, Moura is thriving.
The former PSG star has scored four goals since Mourinho came in, and is one of the players to have certainly impressed – along with the likes of Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld and perhaps – to a degree – Serge Aurier.