De Sousa gets video congrats from Mourinho

By Phil Lanning 26/11/2020

By Phil Lanning

JOSE De Sousa was given a special video message from his hero Jose Mourinho after winning the Grand Slam.

The Portuguese player beat James Wade to win his first major title in Coventry on Tuesday night. 

But then De Sousa, nicknamed “The Special One’ was given a surprise by the Spurs manager who created the original moniker.

Mourhino said: “Jose you already stole ‘The Special One’ but I am very happy that you did. It is not normal what you did. It is so abnormal that it was the first time someone did it.

“I am obviously super proud, a big hug and I hope that we can meet one day and you can give me tips because every now and then I like  to go to play darts but I am a bit weak! A big hug congratulations.”

De Sousa has also revealed that Eric Bristow was his inspiration for darting glory - before winning the trophy named after the legend.

He admits that it’s a huge quirk of fate after a meeting with Bristow over 20 years ago set him on the path to greatness.

Speaking after his victory, the 46-year-old Portuguese sensation explained how a meeting with Bristow in 1997 gave him belief he could compete in the sport's professional ranks.

He said: "Winning the Grand Slam is not only special to me because it is a big tournament, but also because I have the Eric Bristow Trophy in my hands.

"I played against Eric in Spain in 1997 at an exhibition. He was the first PDC player I beat.

"He was my hero in darts, he won so many things. When I found out I was going to play against him I couldn't believe it.

"We continued to speak for many years after this. He was a friend and a great man.

"When I played in the World Championship in 2011 he supported me.

"I dedicate this trophy to all the people who support me and to Eric.

"To have my name on this trophy with the likes of Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld guys is unbelievable. It feels like a dream I will wake up from.”

Gary Anderson returns to action in the Ladbrokes Players Championship this evening (Friday) in Coventry. He faces Keegan Brown while Peter Wright takes on Ryan Meikle. Ryan Murray is up against Stephen Bunting, William Borland faces Ian White and John Henderson has the tough prospect of Gerwyn Price.


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