Despite a barrage of casual racism from the away end, it was the happiest man in football Heung Min Son that was left smiling at the end (and throughout) of Tottenham’s comfortable cup clash with Millwall. The racist chants and booing of Son were clearly audible from the outset of Sunday’s game, however they didn’t last too long as a moment of sweet justice played out as Heung Min Son beautifully curled in his first of the afternoon in front of the visiting South Londoners. This left Lions fans lost for words as after this all they could muster was the occasional cry of “MIIIIIIIIL” which in turn was also thrown back at them by the home fans as the score line grew wider and wider.
This Tottenham performance was professional and clinical, Millwall could do very little to stop a rampant Spurs side sign off the last FA cup game at White Hart Lane in style. Of course, most of the post-match talk has been how will we cope without Harry Kane, all we can do is hope that his latest injury is not as serious as the one sustained in September which saw him miss 7 weeks of action.
However, Tottenham are in a much better place now then where they were when Kane had his first enforced break. At the beginning of the season Spurs were ridged and ponderous in possession, key players such as Dele and Eriksen were yet to find their feet which caused Spurs to suffer in Kane’s absence. Now Spurs are fluid in attack, Pochettino’s favoured formation 3-4-3 lends itself to interchanging forward play which makes Tottenham look so dangerous when moving forward. Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen really come to life in this formation as defensive duties are almost completely taken away from them. Son’s hat-trick now takes him onto 14 goals this season, and he will have to shoulder some of the goal scoring burden left by Kane if he is side-lined for an extended period. This formation suits Son as a centre forward, his clever movement and trickery allows Dele to run beyond the striker and cause havoc in the opposition box.
The biggest cheer of the afternoon came as Vincent Jansen finally netted his first goal from open play for Tottenham! It has taken until his 30th appearance for this to happen, mobbed by his teammates as he neatly tucked the ball into the bottom corner, that moment again displays the spirit and togetherness in this squad. Could this be the turning point of his Tottenham career? Something must have been in the air on Sunday, as not only did Janssen find the net, Roberto Soldado scored the winner for Villarreal as they beat Celta Vigo 1-0.
We’re off to Wembley yet again this season, we eagerly await Monday night’s draw to see who we will meet in the semi-final. Would what Tottenham fans prefer, one of the Manchester teams, Chelsea or a North London derby?