Spurs star Heung-Min Son: Swansea strike was the best goal of my career
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Heung-Min Son rates his scissor kick against Swansea as the best goal of his career – and the Tottenham midfielder says he is now feeling fresher than in previous months, when his efforts were being undermined by niggly injuries and tiredness.
Son started the season in fine form, scoring five goals in September and winning the Premier League’s Player of the Month award.
The South Korean then had a quiet spell, but he has had a big impact in Spurs’ last two home games, creating both of Tottenham’s late goals in the 3-2 victory over West Ham and then scoring in Saturday’s 5-0 triumph over Swansea, lashing an extravagant scissor kick past Lukasz Fabianski.
“It’s the best goal of my career I think,” said Son. “I’m really happy to score the goal and get three points.
“It’s important that Dele [Alli], Christian [Eriksen], me, Moussa [Sissoko] and GK (Georges-Kevin Nkoudou) have chances to score goals and not just H (Harry Kane). We have to support H but also try to score in every game - that’s a good thing.
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“I had a little bit of a small injury here [At Tottenham] and also with the national team, but I’m really fine now and I’m just looking forward to scoring many [goals] and helping Spurs as much as possible.
“Every footballer has small injuries. I think everyone’s the same, every footballer has pain or little injuries.
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“I’ve also been travelling a lot with the national team, but now I can stay until maybe March, playing here, training really well and recovering well, and I think I feel fresher than in the last two months.”
While Son and his Tottenham team-mates have been in good form at home, they have been less successful on the road, losing four of their last five games away from White Hart Lane.
That included a defeat against Bayer Leverkusen at Wembley in Europe – technically a ‘home’ game - which extended Spurs’ losing run at the national stadium to six games in competitive matches.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side will be aiming to end that sequence on Wednesday evening when they play their final Champions League group match against CSKA Moscow – especially as they are due to play all of their home games at Wembley next season, while their new stadium is being built.
“It’s very important to play at Wembley, how it’s feeling, and to thank the fans,” said Son. “It’s a special stadium for us and we’re just keeping looking forward to feeling comfortable there.”
If Tottenham get a draw or better against CSKA this week then they will finish third in Group E, securing a place in the last 32 of the Europa League.
Some might view that prize as a poisoned chalice, given the extra fixtures and cross-continental trips that are involved - efforts which can drain the players’ energy and make a top-four finish more difficult.
But Son said: “Of course we want to play in the Europa League - we’re out of the Champions League so we want to be in it.
“For the players it’s better when you get to play games and, for me, it’s really important to stay in the Europa League, in two competitions.
“We’re a strong team, everyone can play in place of everyone – and it’s not [the case] that if we play in the Europa League we’re not top five. The top four also play in the Champions League and you want to just keep playing and feel your fitness.”
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