Manchester United boss Mourinho led Inter to a famous Treble.
“Spalletti does remind me of Mourinho in many aspects, but I don't like to make comparisons," Santon told Mediaset Premium.
“Everyone has their own way of doing things, but the desire he puts into it and the way he motivates us is fundamental.
“We all feel the passion of the Coach and we must prove that we're ready when called upon. I've always liked his coaching style, we've got a good rapport and I'm happy about that.
“He never wants to lose, always gives it everything and during the week really fires us up. We've always got to be on our toes.
“We are doing well, are on the right track and the sensations are positive, but we mustn't rest on our laurels. There's a lot of work to be done and many areas where we can improve.
“You can see we are only at the beginning and while there is confidence, we've got to keep our feet on the ground."