If Son Heung-min had any doubts over whether he had achieved legendary status at Tottenham it was confirmed with his opening goal against Crystal Palace in the what was the first-ever Premier League game to take place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium just over a year ago.
By becoming the first goalscorer at Spurs’ 62,303-capacity stadium, the 27-year-old has ensured that his name will go down in the history books.
There was a lot of pressure on Spurs coming into the game after the delay in the completion of the stadium but the South Korean international’s goal eased the nerves of the North London faithful and set the team on their way to a comfortable 2-0 victory.
Just a few days later, Son also became the scorer of the first Champions League goal at the stadium when the Lilywhites beat Manchester City 1-0 in the first leg, which laid the foundation for their quarter-final win over Pep Guardiola’s men.
Just over twelve months on from the historic day, Son has reflected on his achievement and admitted the pride he felt at putting his name down in Tottenham folklore.
Speaking to the club’s official website, the forward said: “Sometimes I can’t even begin to think about the fact I actually scored the first goal ever at the new stadium.
“You almost don’t realise the significance of it because it is so special. And then to score the first Champions League goal as well… these memories are unbelievable. I’m so proud, so happy.”
Spurs Web Opinion
We certainly made a good start to life at the new ground but we have failed to capitalise on it and make it the fortress we hoped it would be. We must make the stadium an intimidating place for opposition teams to visit and fans also have to play their part in that. On too many occasions, the atmosphere at the new ground has been pretty flat in comparison to the old White Hart Lane.
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