Lucas: “Hopefully I’ll keep scoring, but I’ll give my best, always”
Mon 06 December 2021, 13:30|Tottenham Hotspur
Lucas Moura immediately placed his scorcher in our 3-0 win against Norwich City into his top three all-time goals.
It was certainly a strike worthy of any stage. Picking up a pass from Davinson Sanchez on the turn 40 yards from goal, Lucas spun away from Ben Gibson, popped the ball around Billy Gilmour and into Heung-Min Son before Pierre Lees-Melou could get near him and in a blink of an eye, took Sonny’s return pass, turned back on himself and away from Andrew Omobamidele before rifling it into the top corner from 25 yards. He described it as ‘a beautiful goal’ and it was certainly a thing of footballing beauty.
The Brazilian’s goal gave us a 1-0 lead going into half-time of an even first half, but we stepped up a gear after the break and two goals in 10 minutes from Davinson Sanchez (67) and Sonny (77) secured a third-successive win at home in the Premier League.
So, what are Lucas' top three goals?
Speaking to us on Monday, he confirmed:
"The goal against Wolves (2-1 win at Molineux, 15 December, 2019) and the second goal against Ajax (second goal of his hat-trick, Champions League semi-final, 8 May, 2019).
"It's difficult to leave out the second goal against United (3-0 win, 28 August, 2018) but that's it, no problems!"
“I’m very happy,” beamed Lucas afterwards. “I always say, I’m not a ‘killer’ like Harry (Kane) or Sonny, they score a lot of goals, but I score some nice goals and I’m happy to help the team. I’m always working hard for the team, giving my best for the team and, of course, the feeling is always good when I score, especially when it’s a beautiful goal.
“It’s a special day for me. For sure, it’s in my top three. It’s my style, dribble, run with the ball and when I find the space, I shoot very quickly. It’s a special, special goal.”
Simply breathtaking, Lucas Moura. 👏 pic.twitter.com/JsYOi2t9ui— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 5, 2021
What came as a surprise was that it was Lucas’ first Premier League goal of the season and, indeed, his first in 23 league appearances since registering in our 4-0 win against Burnley back on 28 February.
He added: “Finally! For a striker, I know what people say, but I’m relaxed, I know that I work very hard, I give my best for the team, always, it doesn’t matter the game, and that’s most important for me.
“I know how important it is to score a goal and I’m happy it came today, in our stadium, a nice goal, my friends are here, and I’m happy. Hopefully I’ll keep on scoring, but I’ll give my best, always.”
Reflecting on the match and the performance, Lucas gave an honest assessment. “After the first goal, we dropped a little in our intensity, and it became a little dangerous for us, because they have quality,” he said. “That cannot happen. We cannot drop our intensity, especially here, in the Premier League, you cannot sleep.
“We started much better in the second half and after the second goal, it gave us more confidence and we controlled the game very well. It was very important to win, step by step, three points, game by game we keep moving, working hard, and let’s see in the end.
“We are building a very strong mentality, every game, every training session we’re improving and we’re very solid, that’s most important. We cannot concede goals, that’s the first thing in the game. I’m very positive. I think we can still improve and let’s see at the end of the season. We need to dream, we need to fight and give our best.”