Lucas' pride at his bolt from the blue
Sun 18 August 2019, 12:15|Tottenham Hotspur
Like AC/DC, Lucas Moura should spell his name with a lightning bolt.
Normally showing electrifying pace in attack, this time it was his impact off the bench that was lightning-quick as he came on to score a vital equaliser in Saturday’s dramatic 2-2 draw at Manchester City.
Just 19 seconds had elapsed between the moment he stepped onto the pitch in place of Harry Winks and the point at which he leapt to head in Erik Lamela’s corner and haul us back level for the second time in another remarkable game at the Etihad.
We’d been under fire from the City forwards for large parts of the contest but thanks to Lamela’s first-half goal and Lucas scoring in a flash – plus the late denial of Gabriel Jesus’ potentially match-winning effort as VAR lightning struck twice on our hosts – we emerged with a hard-earned point against the Premier League champions.
“It was a crazy game!” smiled the forward. “My first touch of the ball and I scored, that was unbelievable. I’m so happy to help my team-mates get a good result here. We know how difficult it is to play here against City. We made a lot of effort. It’s a good result. Of course, we have a lot of things to improve but we did very well and we need to keep it this way.
“We know City have a lot of quality, ball possession, and it’s so hard to play here, but the most important thing is to enjoy the opportunity. We were so compact, we had few opportunities but we scored two goals. That’s most important. We need to get points and not lose stupid points like we did last season.”
The Brazilian international has made the difference on a number of occasions over the last 12 months, bagging a brilliant brace in the red half of Manchester last August, scoring late in Barcelona to send us through to the Champions League knockout stages and plundering hat-tricks against Huddersfield and – unforgettably – Ajax in the closing weeks of the last campaign. But he admits he’s never had such an instant impact on a match before.
“It’s the first time this has happened to me,” he told Spurs TV when asked if he’s ever scored straight after entering the field of play. “I’m happy to score here against City with my first touch. It’s unbelievable! Congratulations to everyone and thanks to the fans for their support, they helped us a lot. With that spirit, we need to keep working because I think we can do big things this season.”