Tottenham fell to a disappointing 2-1 to North London rivals Arsenal on Sunday and the injury Son Heung-min sustained simply made the afternoon that a lot worse for Jose Mourinho’s crew.
In the nineteenth minute, the South Korea captain went down grabbing his hamstring with an agonised look on his face. The medical crew rushed on however it was clear the attacker could be unable to proceed and Son was subsequently changed by Erik Lamela.
The Argentine went on to have an early exit himself receiving a 77th-minute crimson card following his exceptional rabona objective. A end former Spurs striker Dimitar Berbatov described as “exceptional.”
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The Bulgarian, talking in his position as a Betfair Ambassador mentioned: “Lamela has finished related issues to this prior to now and he’s all the time trying to take on gamers and run with the ball. It was no shock to me to see that he pulled it off in opposition to Arsenal.
“The second was good and he used his instinct to execute it brilliantly.”
Lamela’s dismissal means the midfielder is suspended for Tottenham’s journey to Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon, a recreation that’s more likely to come too quickly for Son to function in, and Berbatov assume that it supplies the proper platform for different gamers to take advantage of.
“It’s a large blow to lose a player like Son. He’s important for Spurs however they can’t rush him again from injury and threat one thing dangerous occurring once more. This goes to be an issue for Spurs, however on the identical time it’s a nice alternative for the opposite gamers.
“Gareth Bale will and Lucas Moura will play extra, and Dele Alli will step up. We all know Dele had some setbacks however now one man’s dangerous luck is one other’s good luck.”
“It’s been a bizarre season for Dele, and in a approach it is unusual to query if he’s going to take this chance as a result of not way back he was one of the primary names on the Spurs and England crew sheets.
“All of a sudden one thing modified and he wasn’t an everyday, there have been occasions when he did not even get within the squad, however now he’s getting extra recreation time and he has an enormous alternative to indicate what he can do.”
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Tottenham are in motion this night within the Europa League the place they face Dinamo Zagreb within the second leg of their last-16 tie. Spurs have a 2-0 lead over the Croatian outfit and will likely be aiming to progress to the quarter-final draw on Friday afternoon.
Alli has began in all three of Spurs’ European knockout video games this season however with a visit to Villa Park on Sunday a begin versus Zagreb might imply he’s again on the bench for the Premier League conflict.
With Gareth Southgate naming his England squad on Thursday afternoon Alli’s absence was a reminder of how far he has fallen prior to now season and a half, from an England common to a bit-part player at Spurs.
Berbatov for one is hoping Alli can take advantage of Son’s dangerous luck and drive his approach again into Mourinho’s plans.
“I wish to see him play as a result of he performs the soccer I wish to see. I simply hope he’s absolutely concentrated and follows the supervisor’s directions, as a result of not doing so might have been the explanation for his absence earlier this season,” Berbatov mentioned.
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Despite the derby loss Tottenham are nonetheless simply six factors off Chelsea in fourth place with a recreation in hand on their London rivals however Berbatov thinks that Mourinho’s focus needs to be on the cup competitions over the Premier League.
“The League Cup closing needs to be precedence primary for Spurs however in addition they have an awesome likelihood within the Europa League so ought to focus there. I additionally assume they nonetheless have a great likelihood to push for high 4 within the Premier League,” Berbatov mentioned.
“Six factors is not the most important hole and so they have a recreation in hand, so I’m not going to put in writing them off for high 4 simply but.”