‘A great turnaround’ – Hojbjerg offers evaluation of ‘up and down’ Spurs season

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Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg
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Pierre-Emile Højbjerg believes Tottenham should be proud of the way their season panned out last term and feels there are plenty of positives that can be taken into the new campaign. 

After a mixed introduction to 2021/22 under Nuno Espirito Santo, Spurs recovered to produce a fine second half of the season to book their place back in the Champions League. 

The Portuguese was replaced by Antonio Conte less than half a year in charge in north London with the former Inter Milan coach reorganising Spurs by making them a tough team to play against. 

The 52-year-old often turned to Hojbjerg to martial his midfield alongside January acquisition Rodrigo Bentancur, with the Denmark international missing just two games since his appointment in November (Transfermarkt). 

Reflecting on the completed campaign and returning to Europe’s top table, Hojbjerg put the strong displays under Conte down to consistency and challenged the club to take another step forward. 

He told the official Tottenham website: “Maybe you could call the season a great turnaround. Maybe you could say that. 

“It’s not a secret that the start of the season was very up and down – probably too many downs – and the difference was that the performances were very inconsistent which created frustration inside and outside the building – you understand that, of course. 

“But the way we managed, especially from November when the gaffer came in, to create a consistent behaviour and consistent performances overall was good.

“There were a few blips where we shouldn’t have lost or drawn a game but okay, we showed that we could compete with everyone, which is what I take from this season. The key is to do it every single week. I think we are getting there, and I think everyone can be proud of themselves.

“We were close to the top three in terms of points, which is also a good step forward. The top four was the target and we got there, so you can say that we took something positive from the season.”

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Hojbjerg put in some pretty big displays in the second half of last season and became a key player for Conte in the team. 

There were points before where he looked a little shaky and it may have been down to fatigue, but he clearly put all of that behind him. 

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