'No space for prima donnas at Tottenham' - Mourinho hails Kane's team spirit

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The England star was crucial at both ends of the pitch as his side climbed to fifth in the Premier League with a win at Burnley on Monday

Jose Mourinho has warned that he will not tolerate "prima donnas" at Tottenham as he held Harry Kane up as a model professional.

Spurs stretched their unbeaten run to 10 games in all competitions when they beat Burnley 1-0 on Monday.

Before he provided the assist for Son Heung-min's decisive goal, Kane prevented Burnley from scoring in the second half when he cleared a James Tarkowski effort off the line.

The England star has five goals and eight assists in the Premier League this season and Mourinho wants all of his players to make sacrifices for the team the way he does.

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"In the last minute [he was also] pressing, a sliding tackle and stopping the guys from putting the ball in the box. When you want to win you do everything for your team, there is no space for individuals, no space for prima donnas," he told BBC Sport.

"Even a top player like Harry has this spirit, I just want to say it’s fantastic.

"I don’t want to say that [this is the most complete he has been], he was amazing with every coach here, he was amazing for Mauricio [Pochettino].

"I want to say that the way the team plays, and today is not the best example of that, but I think he feels very comfortable and it’s a very good way for him to play because he’s good in the box, but he’s also magnificent outside the box."

Spurs' latest victory was not as glamorous as their 6-1 win against Manchester United, but Mourinho says he was just happy to get the three points, which lifted his side to fifth in the English top flight.

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"[Whether it's] 6-1 or 1-0, three points. So, I’m as happy as I was at United, at Old Trafford," he said. "I knew and I said in the pre-match interview that this was not the game for beautiful football, this was not the game to score many goals.

"This guy here beside me, Sean [Dyche], he knows how to organise a team and he knows how to stop the better teams from playing fluid.

"The game is really difficult, they defended very well, they press very well, they reduce the tempo of the game and then in one set-piece they can always score like they almost scored when Harry Kane took the ball on the line. Very hard game, but I’m very happy because this is the typical match where you can easily leave two points behind."