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Aren't you supposed to be enemies? Royal Antwerp boss Ivan Leko hails Jose Mourinho as 'the best coach in the 21st century' in a glowing tribute to the Tottenham boss he has idolised for years ahead of Europa League meeting Royal Antwerp boss Ivan Leko is giddy with excitement at facing Jose Mourinho Belgian club welcome Tottenham to the Bosuilstadion for their Europa League tie Leko is aiming to mastermind a shock upset against Premier League opposition However, 42-year-old couldn't help but pay a glowing tribute to the Special One 

By Sam Mcevoy For Mailonline

Published: 14:56 GMT, 28 October 2020 | Updated: 17:12 GMT, 28 October 2020

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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

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

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

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