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Mourinho wins Premier League Manager of the Month

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho landed his fourth Premier League Manager of the Month award after a superb run in November but insisted it's a team effort.

Mourinho wins Premier League Manager of the Month – 'It's not about me, it's about the team'

Jose Mourinho insists his Premier League Manager of the Month award is a team prize, not an individual one. Mourinho took the honour for November after Tottenham won three of their four league games, only dropping points in a 0-0 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Spurs returned to winning ways by beating Arsenal in the north London derby and sit top of the Premier League, having gone 10 games unbeaten since an opening-day defeat to Everton.

Despite his success in England – Mourinho has guided Chelsea to the title on three occasions, while he has also won the FA Cup once and EFL Cup four times – it is only the fourth time he has claimed the league's Manager of the Month award.

He last did so in March 2007 during his first stint at Chelsea, but the 57-year-old said it should not be seen as an individual achievement. 

Mourinho: "For me it is the team of the month"

"For me it is not the manager of the month, for me it is the team of the month," said the Portuguese, who also oversaw a 2-0 win against Manchester City last month.

"I believe it is about us as a team, it is about the results that we had in November. It's not about me, it's about the team.

"If it was about me it would have to be the coaching staff of the month, because without the other guys this wouldn't be possible, so this kind of thing I never feel it as an individual award. I always feel that belongs to the team, belongs to the results that we had.

"If we don't have three victories and one draw at Stamford Bridge, for sure we wouldn't have any chance to win it, so it's about the team."

Kane and Son leading Spurs' title charge

Key to Spurs' fantastic run has been the supreme form of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, who have combined for 11 Premier League goals this season, with only Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton (13 in 1994-95) and Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson (12 in 2018-19) linking up for more in a single campaign.

The pair joined forces again to clinical effect in the 2-0 win over Arsenal – Son curling in a sublime opener before teeing up Kane to lash home a second.

Asked how Kane and Son stacked up against some of the other star names he has coached, Mourinho replied: "I don't like to compare players and some weeks ago I saw, in some media, that I chose my all-time team.

"It's completely fake because it's something that I always refuse to do. I never tell who was my best goalkeeper, who was my best right-back, who was my best striker – never.

"I also would never say this is my favourite goalkeeper, centre-back or striker, I never do that. I don't compare players, I am just grateful for players that give everything for me.

"Sonny and Harry, without comparing to other players, they are world class. I am not saying anything different than that."