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Jose Mourinho’s turn for a chat with Des, and he’s specifically asked about Vinicius. “He came here to face a difficult challenge, but he knew it. As a team guy he comes with that spirit of ‘I’m going to help the team’, especially when Harry Kane is not on the pitch. Let’s not compare the boys, because comparing is not a good thing, but he has lots of energy and an incredible spirit. He’s a popular guy in the dressing room, he’s a target man. We trust him.”
Thomas Tuchel speaks to BT Sport. “I enjoyed my first two matches and now it’s my first London derby and we’re here to win. We have a squad with many good players who deserve to play. We change from game to game to what we think suits us best. Today is Reece James’s turn to show up, and I hope he can. Everybody prefers to play Spurs without Harry Kane, that is clear, but normally we love to play the best in the world, and Harry is one of them, so it would have been no problem. Now we have to adapt and sometimes it is harder to prepare, because you don’t know what solutions the opponent is going to find. So there’s always an up and a down side. But hopefully it’s our game today.”