Red Star Belgrade struggled to contain Tottenham forward Son Heung-min on Tuesday as the South Korean helped himself to a well-taken first-half brace.
He was a constant menace throughout and was one of Spurs’ best players on the night.
After being withdrawn in the second half by Mauricio Pochettino, the 27-year-old was on the far end of the pitch and had to make his way around the edge of the pitch to get to return to the dug out.
The home crowd gave the pacey attacking a standing ovation as he made his way past the single tier south stand and he exchanged high-fives with fans.
Son has revealed how delighted he was to share that moment with the fans and thanked them for being with the team through the difficult spell.
Speaking to the club’s official website, he said, “It was a beautiful feeling. I was lucky a little because it was a long way (around the pitch) and I could celebrate with the fans! I’m really, really grateful.
“I know how tough it is for them, how tough it is for us, but they are always here, always supporting us. We need this at the moment.
“I know the supporters are really amazing and it’s the right time to stick together, not just players, the fans as well. We have a big future with this Club so we have to stick together, go hard and do our best, and I’m sure the future will be very positive.”
Son insisted that the players were determined to send out a message with their performance on Tuesday and challenged the team to approach each game with the same intensity going forward.
Son added, “It was a very important win, the way we played, the way we performed. We were aggressive from the start and that’s why we deserved a goal.
“The cross from Coco (Erik Lamela) and finish from Harry was really good for the first goal. After that, everyone got the confidence back and we played how we wanted.
“This is the right way and the right attitude and mentality to take forward.”
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A result like the one against Red Star was much needed as it looked like the players’ confidence had been shattered after the hammering by Bayern. Tottenham certainly have enough characters in the squad to help us get out of that situation and Son is certainly one of them. The South Korean is now one of leaders of this Spurs team.
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