Cup so special for Lucas
Mon 11 January 2021, 22:42|Tottenham Hotspur
Lucas Moura will always have Ajax, but he’ll also have Rochdale, and now Marine.
The Brazilian forward carved his name into Spurs folklore with his hat-trick in Amsterdam to take us to the Champions League Final in 2019.
The FA Cup also has a special place in Lucas’ heart. Fifteen months before Ajax, he made his full debut and scored his first goal for us in the FA Cup at Rochdale in February, 2018. Now he’s featured and scored again in our first tie against non-league opposition in over 25 years and seen his friend Carlos Vinicius bag a hat-trick as we beat Marine, from Northern Premier League Division One North West, 5-0 in Crosby, Merseyside, on Sunday.
Amsterdam Arena, Spotland, Marine Travel Arena - they all mean as much to the man from Sao Paulo.
“Every day, every game is an opportunity to enjoy and to show how I love football,” Lucas told us after rattling in a free-kick in the 5-0 win. “It doesn’t matter the game, the pitch, I just want to play and enjoy the game.
“We won, so, first of all, let’s go home and see our families, then let’s play the next game with the same intensity, the same mentality because every game is different, every game is difficult and if we want to achieve something this season, we need to play every game with the same mentality.
“I’m happy for the team, for the win, to score. It was a different game for us, but that didn’t matter, we had to come here with big respect and play seriously, and keep going, and we did that well.”
Victory has set up a fourth round tie away to Championship side Wycombe on the weekend of 23/24 January (details TBC) with the winners travelling to either Everton or Sheffield Wednesday in round five.