As Tottenham Hotspur look forward to their next Champions League game this Wednesday, fortunately, the team seems to be in a good place. The unrest that was felt throughout the team with regard to Christian Eriksen and Danny Rose is now sorted.
On top of that, they managed a late win over Aston Villa on Sunday to rise to fifth place in the Premiership table and get within shouting distance of securing a Champions League place in next season’s competition.
First, there’s the little matter of Chelsea to overcome but given Spurs knack of winning games without playing their best football – that is well within the boundaries of possibility.
The Eriksen saga finally drawing to a close is best both for the 28-year-old Dane and the club. He had announced his desire to leave the North Londoners after Liverpool beat them in last year’s Champions League final. Since then and up to his departure at the end of January, he was no more than a bit player.
As for Danny Rose, it was sad to see his decline at Tottenham. Last April he said he wanted to quit the game after taking racial abuse. Then, he had an alleged altercation in training with Jose Mourinho and he hasn’t figured in the team since then. He was a favourite with Spurs fans and they wish him well at Newcastle where he is now on loan.
With peace restored among the players and their resurgence into contention for a Champions League place next year, thoughts turn to Wednesday’s Champions League fixture against RB Leipzig. Harry Kane is, of course, still out but in his absence, Son Heung-min has been finding the back of the net regularly.
However, perhaps, not regularly enough for one certain Portuguese manager. In a post-match interview after the late win against Aston Villa, Jose Mourinho joked about the chances Son had squandered during the game. Son admits himself that he didn’t play well but he scored twice, nonetheless.
The 27-year-old South Korean has now become the top Asian goal scorer in the Premiership. His two goals against Villa give him a total of 51, taking him above the previous top scorer, Park Ji-sung, who used to play his football at Manchester United.
Son’s has scored six times in the last five games and his goal tally takes him to level fifth place in the Spurs’ list of Premier League top scorers. With whom does he share? Why, Christian Eriksen of, course. But with Eriksen now playing for Inter Milan, Son will get to fourth place sometime soon – hopefully against RB Leipzig on Wednesday.
The future bodes well for the Lilywhites but they still have to get their act together. Lo Celso is looking the business and new signing Steven Bergwijn is also showing great promise.
With Eriksen’s departure to Inter Milan, that now frees up a place in Mourinho’s squad. Hopefully, it will go to Bergwijn but instead, it could go to Gedson. Only Jose knows.
But if like Son, Dele Ali can stop missing goal-scoring opportunities and Spurs can get find their form, they should beat their German Bundesliga opponents on Wednesday. It won’t be easy though with Leipzig being in second place just 1 point behind Bayern Much in the Bundesliga table.
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