Jose Mourinho is taking a softly, softly approach to his Tottenham players – after learning from his mistakes at Manchester United .
Mourinho lost the Old Trafford dressing room by repeatedly criticising some of his squad in public and talking tough behind closed doors.
But he kept his cool at half time on Tuesday night with Spurs down 2-1 against Olympiakos in the Champions League and watched his new team roar back for a dramatic 4-2 win .
Mourinho even apologised publicly to Eric Dier for hauling him off after only 28 minutes, a far cry from his treatment of the likes of Luke Shaw at United.
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Asked whether he was expecting the hairdryer treatment at half time on Tuesday night, Spurs star Harry Kane revealed that Mourinho left it unplugged.
Kane said: “You never know! He's a new manager, he's been here less than a week.
“We were calm, the manager was calm – he knows we can play better than that, we know we can play better than that and we did that in the second half.
“We just said: 'We can't play any worse so be calm, have a bit more freedom and energy, get the crowd off their feet.’ It’s two wins out of two. Let’s hope it continues.”
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Fears were growing before Mourinho’s appointment that Kane could be ready to leave the club as things turned sour under Mauricio Pochettino.
The England striker even admitted to friends that he was not happy with the way things were going, sparking alarm bells at the club.
But Mourinho has since insisted it is “impossible” for Kane to leave Spurs and vowed to help him win titles at the club, with the pair already beginning to forge a strong relationship.
Kane said: “It's early days, we have a good relationship so far, we talk, we try and help the team.
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“Obviously me being one of the leaders in the team he looks to me for advice on the team.
“Hopefully we can build a strong relationship. We know we both want to win big competitions. That's my aim and that is the manager's aim.”
* Spurs ball boy Callum Hynes, 15, from Essex, was back at school yesterday and facing a “big maths test” after earning Mourinho’s praise for his part in Kane’s equaliser.
Hynes became a social media star after returning the ball quickly enough for Serge Aurier to help set up Kane’s goal as Spurs booked their place in the Champions League knockout stage.
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