Call him Sonaldo: Jose heaps praise on Heung-Min after wonder goal
Spurs put five past Burnley as they climb the league.
09 December, 2019 — By Dan Carrier at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
SPURS 5 (Kane 5, 54 Moura 8 Son 31 Sissoko 75)
Dan Carrier at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
THE Jose Mourinho bounce had been thoroughly deflated by the disappointing performance at Manchester United on Wednesday.
The historic issues that caused the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino were on display again in the 2-1 defeat.
Had the managerial magic worn off already?
How would Mourinho get a reaction from his players?
And how can the feel good factor caused by three wins on the spin, which disappeared so quickly, be re-booted?
All these questions were on the fans minds before Saturdays 3pm kick off against Burnley – and they were answered within five minutes of the first whistle in a performance that saw Tottenham not only keep their first clean sheet under the new manager – but Heiung Min Son score a wonder goal in a five goal, five star performance.
Dele Alli had spoken before Burnley about starting with intent.
He said the United defeat had hurt the team and they had identified a lack of aggression from the opening moments as a contributing factor.
Burnley at home might be a different proposition than Old Trafford under the Wednesday night lights, but Dele’s pre-match wish became reality as soon as the game got under way.
Spurs showed that aggression Dele highlighted and it created a platform for Tottenham’s ball players to express themselves – and none more so than Heung Min Son, who scored a solo goal that saw him race 80 yards before finishing.
Speaking after the game, Mourinho said his children called Son ‘Sonaldo ‘ after the Brazilian centre forward Ronaldo Luís Nazário – and that the extraordinary solo goal the South Korean forward scored today was reminiscent of a Ronaldo effort thathas lng stuck in his memory.
“The only thing that comes to my mind is the goal when I had the honour of being next to Sir Bobby Robson in 1996 when Ronaldo scored a wonderful goal,” he recalled.
Mourinho was positively glowing as he reminsnced – and then spoke of creating new memories.
“It was an important performance, result goals, the happiness of the fans and team, young boys coming off the bench, a clean sheet – I am really, really happy.”
Son relived the take-your-breath-away moment after the game.
“I tried to pass at first to Dele, because he was open, but then the right back was following him so it was impossible,” he said.
“So I thought – shall I go? so I put my booster on, chose the right time and after three seconds I was in front of goal. I tried to focus and finish well.
“Scoring this type of goal at home makes me feel so proud and happy, it feels amazing.”
Mourinho highlighted how the players worked hard off the ball.
“At half time, I said the team sheet should be a collective ambition, and every body defended well. We managed to press them high for the majority of the time.”
It took Harry Kane just five minutes to smash home a confidence boosting effort from long range – and it was a goal that had looked on the cards since kick off as Spurs set off at a fast pace.
Then, four minutes later, Son tore the Burnley defence to pieces with a mazy run and Lucas Moura was at hand at the back post to force the ball over the line.
On 20, Moussa Sissoko nearly rounded off a precise and incisive move when he played a one two with Son – but looked on in agony as his shot swivelled away off the post with the keeper well beaten.
Then came the defining moment – a solo effort by Son that will live on in the memory long after the three points won today have become meaningless.
The irrepressible Son had been guilty on a couple of occasions of holding on to the ball for too long.
He was running into blind alleys and trying to force his way through thickets.
But the combustible mixture of determination, speed, strength and close feet created a goal that will be hard to better.
As Spurs defended a corner, Son received a loose ball on the edge of his own box.
There were no wide open spaces lying out in front of him to canter in to, no obvious gaps to make for, but off he set anyway, away from his goal, looking to create some breathing space for his team mates.
Four Burnley players came across to intercept, and some how Son found the wriggle room to keep going.
By now he had crossed the half way line, leaving Burnleys midfield chasing him, and the claret and blue back four advancing to cut off his route.
On he went.
Centre backs Jack Cork and Ben Mee plotted a course to intercept him – and he gave his heels a quick burst of throttle so he could glide past them, too.
Nick Pope in the Burnley goal tried to narrow the angle, but Son simply drew him, side footed home and wheeled away in front of the south stand.
It was a moment for the ground to savour – the best goal this new stadium has yet seen.
There was more to come.
On 54, it was four: Kane jinked inside the box with the ball at his feet, carved a modicum of space and fired high in to the net.
Sissoko made it five with 16 minutes remaining. A powerful run from deep, a one-two with Kane, and then a toe poke home saw him bag his second in as many games, after not scoring for two years. If this is the Mourinho effect in action, then the element of the terraces bemoaning the sacking of Pochettino won’t take long to be won over.
Spurs move up to fifth, six points of Chelsea in fourth. Mourinho’s side still has to play his former club twice in the league – a mouthwatering proposition with the points gap as it is and Jose’s Spurs project beginning to take shape.
SPURS: Gazzaniga, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Son, Kane, Dier, Sissoko, Alli (Parrott, 84), Aurier (Skipp, 78) Moura (Sessegnon, 74).
Subs: Whiteman, Rose, Lo Celso, Eriksen.
BURNLEY: Pope, Lowton, Cork, Tarkowski, Mee, Wood (Vydra, 64) McNeil, Brady (Lennon, 70) Hendrick, Rodriguez, Pieters.
Subs: Hart, Drinkwater, Gibson, Goodridge, Driscoll-Glennon.