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TABLE TOPPERS 'We grew up' - Jose Mourinho believes Spurs are in the title mix after Arsenal win

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Son Heung-min celebrates putting Tottenham in front (Paul Childs/PA).

Son Heung-min celebrates putting Tottenham in front (Paul Childs/PA).

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Son Heung-min celebrates putting Tottenham in front (Paul Childs/PA).

Jose Mourinho saluted another disciplined and clinical performance from his Tottenham side as they ensured they would finish another weekend at the top of the Premier League with a 2-0 win against Arsenal.

First half goals from Son Heung-min and Harry Kane secured Spurs a win in the North London derby, as 2,000 fans celebrated the moment as they returned to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for the first time since March.

While Arsenal dominated the game for long periods, Spurs were deadly on the counter-attack and Mourinho made no excuses for his side's defensive tactics.

"We grew up," declared a bullish Mourinho. "I can imagine lots of people can imagine three matches in a row - against Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal - would be a moment for us to drop points and go back to 'normality' but we didn't go back to 'normality'.

"We are there. I believe one more week at the top of the table unless Liverpool win by many.

"Of course we are very happy. We controlled the game by being defensively solid. Sonny and Harry, their finishing was amazing.

"In the second half they created problems, they are a very good team. I don't care about the table or where they are, they are very good. Mikel is a very good coach.

"We kept a clean sheet in the second half which was the objective. Why expose us by trying to have more of the ball?

"They are very good tactically, Mikel is clever. Granit Xhaka dropped into the back three which makes it hard for Harry Kane to press.

"We have played City, Chelsea, Arsenal - if you do three points, four points from those games it is not the end of the world, it is normal. We have taken seven points. The problem with the Premier League is that next it is Crystal Palace and there is no guarantee we win.

"I believe the public and the fans at home are enjoying the moment, for one more week we are top of the league. It is good fun."

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Jose Mourinho, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur interacts with Steven Bergwijn (Photo by Glyn Kirk - Pool/Getty Images)

Jose Mourinho, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur interacts with Steven Bergwijn (Photo by Glyn Kirk - Pool/Getty Images)

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Jose Mourinho, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur interacts with Steven Bergwijn (Photo by Glyn Kirk - Pool/Getty Images)

Mourinho's enthusiasm was overflowing in his post-match interview with Sky Sports, as he suggested his team are maturing into a side that are ready to win trophies.

"We were reading the game and making the changes to win it because 2-0 was in our hands against a great and difficult opponents but my boys did well today," he added.

"I am very happy with the result and the performance but of course I want the team in the second half to play in a different way. In reality you don't always do what you want to do because your opponent forces you in a different direction."

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta struggled to explain how his side had been beaten on a night when they had all of the play and yet struggled to create chances against a well organised Spurs side.

"This is football," said the Spaniard. "They scored a wonder goal and the second we got done on the break because Thomas Partey was not in position, he was injured.

"I saw a team full of passion, dominating the team and creating chances but in the end it is about the end product and that is why they are top of the table. I think we had 44 crosses."

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