What a week for Ryan!
26 February 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Ryan Mason can reflect on a week of personal milestones.
Last week he captained the team for the first time as we travelled to Florence to meet Fiorentina and on Thursday night, he helped make sure we put the Serie A side to the sword in the second leg of the Round of 32 tie with his first European goal.
It's been quite a return for the popular, home-grown midfielder, born locally in Enfield, after a frustrating 10 weeks out injured.
Ryan spoke to us at length earlier in the week in our Big Interview, and who better to talk to again after his performance on Thursday night?
You've come back firing on all cylinders after 10 weeks out - how do you see your form?
Ryan: "The gaffer has been great with me. I’ve been training for about a month now and he took his time with me because last time, I came back and picked up niggling injuries and we didn’t want that to happen again. You just want to be on the pitch as soon as possible. To play almost 90 minutes again shows I’m fit again."
Below: Ryan speaks to Spurs TV
What type of game are you now expecting against Swansea on Sunday?
Ryan: "We’re full of confidence and it was a massive result against Fiorentina. They are a good side and to win 3-0 can only hold us in good stead going into the Swansea game on Sunday. Fiorentina have a philosophy not too dissimilar to ours and Swansea as well, they have a passing game and try to press. But we’re confident in our fitness levels to out run, out press and out play teams. The gaffer rotated the team against Fiorentina, there were some fresh legs out there and you could see that everyone was excited to be on the pitch. It’s a good moment for us and hopefully we’ll maintain the momentum over the weekend."
Going back to Thursday night, it was a supremely well-taken goal to put us 1-0 up. What was your view of it?
Ryan: "Last season I made that run quite a bit, got in that position a few times and snatched at the chance. This time I felt confident, took a good touch, opened up and it was a great feeling to open the scoring."
I'm guessing it doesn't get better than the local lad first captaining the team in the first leg and then scoring a huge European goal - your first in Europe - in front of Park Lane in the second leg?
Ryan: "It’s always a special night, we’ve got the all-white kit on and there is just a different feel to it. The Premier League is fantastic and so are all the domestic competitions but there is history at this club in this competition and I’m delighted to get my first goal in Europe."