Erik Lamela has taken to social media to reveal that he will come back strong from the disappointment of being sent off in the North London derby on Sunday.
Lamela had to replace Son Heung-min less than 20 minutes into the clash against Arsenal after the South Korean pulled up with what looked to be a hamstring problem.
While Spurs fans would have seen losing Son so early as a big blow, Lamela made an immediate difference to the away side after he came on as he hassled and hurried the Arsenal midfield and looked to make things happen when he got on the ball.
The 29-year-old then produced a moment of pure genius to score with a tabona shot to give Spurs the lead.
However, Arsenal managed to draw level just before half-time and then took the lead in the early stages of the second half after being handed a fortuitous penalty.
Lamela then had a rush of blood to his head and blocked off Kieran Tierney with an arm to the Arsenal man’s face which saw him get a second yellow and being given his marching orders.
Although a ten-men Spurs side threw the kitchen sink at Arsenal late on in an effort to draw level, the numerical deficit simply proved too much for the away side to overcome as they lost the game 2-1.
Lamela has now taken to Instagram to admit ahead of Tottenham’s Europa League clash against Dinamo that he sees this evening’s match as a chance to make amends for his mistake.
The former Roman man wrote: “Football always gives revenge, tomorrow is a new and very important opportunity. Let’s go together again. #COYS #europaleague.”
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I am usually quite cynical about footballers posting these kinds of messages on social media as it has essentially become a PR exercise, with some players usually having teams behind them to keep their messaging on point.
However, Lamela has shown over the course of his Spurs career that he is an authentic and passionate individual, and I believe he means what he says here. While his petulance on Sunday was frustrating, the 29-year-old showed more passion in the derby than many of the other Spurs players on the pitch.
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