‘We really felt them’ – Hojbjerg opens up on away fans and emotions against Leicester

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Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has praised how vocal Tottenham’s away contingent were at the King Power Stadium, admitting the players felt the fans’ support throughout the game.

Tottenham’s historic comeback against Leicester in stoppage time will live long in the memories of Spurs fans.

Perhaps the lasting memory of the encounter would be the manner in which the players celebrated with the away fans, who were going berserk after Steven Bergwijn rounded Kasper Schmeichel and squeezed the ball into the net off the post.

Hojbjerg has admitted the players went through extreme emotions in the dying moments of the game, and insisted it was only right for them to share the moment with the supporters.

The Dane told Football.London about the dramatic turnaround: “First of all emotionally it was very high and low, you go from two minutes away from a loss to two minutes later actually winning the game.

“So in that way, the spirit, the mentality, the courage to play forward and attack not just for the draw but for the win, I have to pay compliment to the whole team.

“Also how the away fans pushed us, we really felt them through the whole game so it was only correct how we celebrate the third goal, going to them and enjoying everyone together.

“That is what football is all about, they are supporting us and we are here fighting for them and how it came together at the end was a massive joy.”

On feeling a connection with the fans, he added: “Honestly we did and that is why we celebrated like we did, for them and us a massive joy and to share that the joy becomes even bigger. A big compliment to everyone who had Spurs in their heart in the stadium.”

Before Wednesday’s clash, the hero of the night, Bergwijn, seemed as though he could be on his way out of Spurs (Fabrizio Romano).

However, according to The Daily Express, Tottenham have had a change of heart regarding the Dutchman and have taken him out of the shop window on the back of his impressive cameo on Wednesday.

Hojbjerg insisted he and his teammates never doubted Bergwijn’s qualities. The midfielder said about the former PSV Eindhoven man: “We all love Stevie, I don’t know what more to say. We all know he has incredible quality. I am not worried for him.”

Hojbjerg stated that the win on Wednesday felt bigger than just three points, admitting it did wonders for the team’s confidence.

He added: “It is step by step and at the end of the season we can talk about the left or right. It is step by step, we are working well, everyone is focused, it is a demanding period but we are ready to suffer and improve. It is good, we are on the right way but there is room for improvement.

“Obviously it is three points like any other game but hopefully also in terms of spirit and mentality and confidence for the team, it is a bit more than three points. It is three points, but from an emotional point, it felt a bit more than three points.

“This is the beautiful part of football and hopefully we can try to make this a very big step. It is three points like any other game but emotionally it is much more than that and we have to take a lot from this game and try to build on this.”

Spurs Web Opinion

Tottenham’s away contingent has always been much more unconditional in their support than the home fans, who can sometimes be extremely demanding and expectant at times.

However, we have not seen the players celebrating in that manner with the fans since the Pochettino days.

I do feel that the connection between the squad and the fan base is now stronger than it has been over the last couple of years.

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