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Jose Mourinho has given credit to his predecessor Mauricio Pochettino for the Son-Kane partnership on the pitch this season.

The duo have combined for a total of nine goals this season, having already combined for 20 in the previous seasons.

Their partnership is now just seven shy of the legendary duo of Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba. The Korean and the Briton also lead the Premier League charts of goals and assists.

Spurs have reaped the reward of their telepathic communication on the pitch by being the highest-scoring team in the league. They also sit just two points off league leaders Everton. But Mourinho didn’t take all the credit for it.

“It is an understanding that comes from Mauricio’s time,” Mourinho told the gathered reporters.

“I don’t want all the credit myself, let’s share with Mauricio. They played together for a long time, probably a different way because Harry is not always a nine now.

The Portuguese then continued by saying that their friendship also has a bit part to play in it. “What pleases me more about them both is that they are two top players but close friends, no jealousy, they both play for the team.”

Kane said Spurs were showing signs of progress under Mourinho as they chase a first major trophy since their 2008 League Cup triumph.

“I think we are at a stage where we have been so close for so many years, a lot of us have been together for four or five years,” said Kane.

“We know with the team we have got and the players we have got, we can do something special.”