Son Heung-min struck in the stoppage time as Tottenham Hotspur recovered from a nightmarish start for a 3-2 win against Aston Villa on Sunday. The win, Tottenham’s third in a row, lifted them to fifth in the Premier League points table and just a point separated them from the fourth-placed Chelsea.Also Read - Premier League: Philippe Coutinho Joins Aston Villa on Loan From Barcelona
Toby Alderweireld’s own goal had left Tottenham trailing 0-1 in the ninth minute before cancelling it in the 27th minute belting in from a corner to make it 1-1. Also Read - Premier League: Southampton v Newcastle Match Postponed Due to COVID-19
Son then made it 2-1 pouncing on a saved penalty by Pepe Raina. Bjorn Engels equalised for Aston Villa giving them hope as they battle to move away from the relegation zone. Their hopes continued to burn brightly till Son had the final say in the tie with a superb finish in the 94th minute. Also Read - Key Weekend in Premier League as Top-Four All Meet With COVID Lurking Around
“I’m very pleased with the victory but I’d be complaining if the result was 2-2 after we missed so many chances,” Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho said after the win.
Mourinho quipped at the prospect of Manchester City losing their 2018 Premier League title after their European ban. The Portuguese was in charge of Manchester United who had then finished 19 points adrift at second spot behind City. “I didn’t lose one single minute analysing UEFA – they have to analyse. If I go into that, I have to ask if the team which finished second in 2018 are going to be champions, yes or no?” ,” Mourinho wondered.
He added, “Joking apart, I just think about doing the best we can. At the end of the season we’ll see where we are. If we are sixth or seventh then it doesn’t matter if fifth goes to the Champions League.”
The fifth place might be enough for Tottenham to ensure a Champions League spot with City (second in PL table) being banned for two years by UEFA.
Arsenal broke their wretched run in 2020, recording their first win of the new year as they thrashed Newcastle 4-0. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pépé, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette scored in the second half as Arsenal rose to 10th spot.
Mikel Arteta, who worked under City manager Pep Guardiola before taking charge at Arsenal this season, said he was shocked at the UEFA ban. “The admiration and love I have for Pep and his staff and the players, I just want the best for them,” Arteta said. “I know how hard they work and hopefully a positive thing might come for them. My first reaction was I was shocked. I got in contact with Pep and the people at the club I know because I know they are suffering.”