By Sam Mcevoy For Mailonline
Published: 14:56 GMT, 28 October 2020 | Updated: 17:12 GMT, 28 October 2020
Royal Antwerp boss Ivan Leko could not hide his excitement at the prospect of pitting his wits against Jose Mourinho, ahead of his side's Europa League clash with Tottenham.
The Belgian club welcome Spurs to the Bosuilstadion on Thursday, where they will be hoping to pull off a shock upset against Harry Kane and Co.
And while Leko will be hoping to mastermind a win against all the odds, the 42-year-old Croatian coach is preparing to realise a dream on the touchline.
Royal Antwerp boss Ivan Leko is excited to pit his wits against Jose Mourinho on Thursday
The 42-year-old paid a glowing tribute to Mourinho as Leko insists he's 'grateful' to face him
He said: 'I think everyone in the club and I feel very grateful to play with a coach who together with (Pep) Guardiola and (Carlo) Ancelotti, is the best coach in the 21st century, one who changed football.
'First feeling is really