Sonny: "I just thought 'shall I go?' and put my booster on"
Sun 08 December 2019, 11:44|Tottenham Hotspur
Heung-Min Son put his booster on and scored one of the great goals of the Premier League era in our 5-0 win against Burnley.
The South Korean star’s 10th goal of the season, 20th of 2019 and 77th in his Spurs career (207 appearances) will be remembered for a long, long time.
Picking the ball up just outside our penalty area, Sonny told us later he initially looked left for Dele, felt the pass wasn’t on, and decided to take off.
“I just thought ‘shall I go?’” he said. Didn’t he just...
Sonny collected the ball with 30.55 on the clock. His initial burst took him away from Robbie Brady and James Tarkowski and a jink right left Dwight McNeil in his wake. Now running at full speed, Sonny glided past Erik Pieters and sprinted into the box. Matthew Lowton couldn’t catch him, Ben Mee couldn’t get over to cover and as Nick Pope came out, Sonny steadied himself and slotted home from the penalty spot, 31.07 on the clock - 12 seconds of magic, start to finish.
Here is how Sonny called it. “I saw Dele running on the left, and many players from Burnley," he said. "I tried to pass first of all to Dele, he was open but the right-back followed him and it was impossible to pass to him, so I just thought ‘shall I go?’ and put my booster on.
“It was the right timing to put the booster on! After two or three seconds I was in front of goal, really surprised and especially when you score this kind of goal at home it makes me so proud. It feels amazing.
“I was tired after the running! I was still focussed on the finish and I wanted to finish it well. Imagine doing so well before the goal and missing - I’d have been really upset! I tried to focus and finish well. I’m really happy to score this goal.”
Had he scored a better goal? “For me it’s difficult (to say) but this kind of goal... every goal for me is special,” he added. “My goal against Sheffield United, it was deflected, but that was special as well.
“These kinds of goals... I like to dribble, I like to score goals so this kind of goal, for me, is really special. I’m just grateful to have the opportunity to score this goal. It’s an amazing feeling and I’m grateful for everyone who supports me.”
It was the icing on the cake of a fine performance - and let's not forget two thunderbolts from Harry Kane and a lovely passing move that led to Moussa Sissoko’s second goal in successive home matches, having waited over three years and 145 appearances for his first last week!
Sonny summed it all up beautifully. “It’s Saturday afternoon, three points, we’re more than happy. It’s impossible to perform so well, three points, clean sheet, score a few goals, it’s amazing for the fans as well, and the players.
“The players deserved it. The performance was amazing.”