After scoring a late winner for Tottenham Hotspur in the 2-1 win over Sheffield United this weekend, Dejan Kulusevski insists he stayed calm in the dying embers of the game and felt confident he could find a breakthrough for his side.
Dejan Kulusevski appears to be back to his best after a difficult season last year, where injuries halted his progress for Tottenham. The Swede managed just two goals in the entirety of the 2022/23 campaign (Transfermarkt).
In just five games this season, Kulusevski has already matched that tally and looks to have found real momentum under new manager Ange Postecoglou.
Spurs were trailing after 73 minutes against Sheffield United on Saturday afternoon and their unbeaten start to the Premier League season appeared to be under threat despite dominating for large portions of the game.
With plenty of stoppage time to play, Tottenham managed to draw level thanks to a goal from Richarlison in the 98th minute. The Brazilian then turned provider, playing in his teammate, Kulusevski to score the winner in the 10th minute of injury time.
Kulusevski stayed calm to score winner against Blades
In an interview with the club after the game, Kulusevski explained how he felt going into those final moments of the game.
He said: “I was quite calm. It’s just a game of football, and when Richy scored, then we knew we would not lose. So, I had the ball, I did my thing, and I knew that I just had to make one good thing to score and that’s what happened.
“When you see the ball go in,for that first second, it’s like a bomb. All the hard work is worth it for that second… We are very happy, [the fans] helped us through the game, they didn’t get frustrated, and in the end they helped us win.”
🎙 “All the hard work is worth it for that second.”
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— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 16, 2023
Kulusevski also took a moment to mention Richarlison’s impact, adding: “He is a top player, I love playing with him. Unbelievable player. We just have to feed him the ball because he is always going to score like that. We have to help him on and off the pitch. He is a great guy and he helps our team so much.”
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Having Dejan Kulusevski back in this kind of form is huge for us and now that he is growing in confidence we should hopefully be able to see him get even better. That forward line we have, with Kulusevski, Son, Richarlison all in form, and Maddison feeding them, is incredibly dangerous.
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