Mourinho reacts to Steven Bergwijn’s debut performance for Tottenham

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

It was a dream debut for Steven Bergwijn at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium yesterday as he scored the opener at home to the current Premier League champions.

Spurs were drawing 0-0 with Man City in North London, with the visitors down to ten men after a Zinchenko red card, when Bergwijn christened his first match with a superb goal.

In the past six months, Giovani Lo Celso, Tanguy Ndombele, and Ryan Sessegnon all also netted on their full debuts for the Lilywhites.

Bergwijn had a relatively quiet game in attack up until that point in the second half when he chested down a cross and hit the ball on the volley, sailing into the back of the net.

The Dutch winger could not see out his first game in England as he pulled up with cramp with 15 minutes left, but he certainly left his mark on the game.

Jose Mourinho reacted to Bergwijn’s debut at full-time (Football London): “It was a debut goal that was the icing on the cake of a very good performance. Independent of the goal I would say his performance was very good, very solid. Very mature.

“We worked hard during the week. He came to us Tuesday so he had a complete week to work and to try as fast as possible to understand what we wanted from him.

“So very solid performance against such a difficult opponents like Kyle Walker, but then he was clever enough to appear also in other zones and try to create some problems for City.

“So very, very good performance. Also defensively very aware of his position, defending zonal, covering spaces. Very, very good and then, of course, the goal is a great goal. It’s so important for us.”

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