Tottenham star Toby Alderweireld admits Ryan Mason surprise ahead of Carabao Cup final

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Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld says the first few days playing under Ryan Mason have been “surprisingly very good”. Mason was appointed Tottenham interim boss this week following the sacking of Jose Mourinho on Monday.

Mason won his first match in charge, leading Spurs to a late 2-1 win over Southampton on Wednesday.

He has the chance to end Tottenham’s 13-year wait for a trophy today when they play Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final.

Alderweireld is three years older than 29-year-old former team-mate Mason.

And the Belgian has been impressed by his leadership so far.

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“Surprisingly very good,” Alderweireld told talkSPORT.

“Of course we played together. We know each other. But he has a very good maturity – how he brings stuff over to the team, his idea of how he wants to play football, his tactical views.

“The time has changed where it’s only one guy who decides everything. We all talk about football, everyone sees football in a different way and of course, they will talk about how we want to play, how we feel comfortable.

“But he has one mindset in how he wants to play and he brings that to the team in an unbelievable way.”

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Harry Kane is an injury doubt for the clash with City but Alderweireld insists Spurs can cope without him.

“Everyone hopes he is going to be fit. He wants to be fit. We have to see day by day,” he added.

“He is an unbelievable player, I can’t credit him enough, but we have managed in difficult periods without him as well to win games.

“If he is not there Sunday, we have to find a way. Of course we want him to be there, but if not we have to find a way.”

Mourinho was sacked 19 months after replacing Mauricio Pochettino.

And Alderweireld admits the squad were upset by the news.

“It’s been a difficult week because you work with a manager for a year-and-a-half and suddenly he’s not there any more – I think everyone feels very sad about it,” Alderweireld said.

“You’re together. Not just the manager, the training staff in general.

“There are a lot of people you work with on a daily basis. You want to be better together. And then suddenly you’re surprised that he was not there any more. So, of course, that’s very sad.”

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