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‘Important, emotional, wonderful’ - Vinicius reflects on his maiden Premier League strike

Wed 31 March 2021, 10:00|Tottenham Hotspur

Scoring your first Premier League goal is always an important moment for a forward in England but, when it comes in the circumstances that Carlos Vinicius’ did against Aston Villa, it is all the sweeter.

Speaking at Hotspur Way on Tuesday, nine days on from that maiden top-flight strike, 'Vini' took the time to reflect on that special moment and all the emotion that came with it.

Having headed to Villa Park in a difficult place following defeat in the north London derby the previous Sunday, as well as our European journey having been brought to an end four days later by Dinamo Zagreb, we needed a reaction. That is exactly what we delivered in the West Midlands as we took all three points with a commanding 2-0 win thanks to strikes either side of half-time from Carlos and Harry Kane.

The Brazilian’s goal came on 29 minutes and its importance cannot be understated. As he tapped home for the first time in England’s top flight, we appeared to rediscover our confidence and spark. And you could certainly see that in the fiery celebrations that followed, especially from the goalscorer who, while celebrating the breaking of his Premier League duck, will count himself lucky not to have also broken his hand after he slapped the post in an outburst of sheer relief following the strike.

“It’s all good, it’s all good!” the man on loan from Benfica smiled when asked how his hand was now, before he reflected on scoring his first goal in England’s top flight.

“It was a wonderful moment for me, an emotional moment for me, but it was for the whole team as well. Perhaps things didn’t go as well as we would have hoped a couple of days previously and so this was a moment of relief.

"And, at the end of the day, a goal is the most important moment in a football match so it is normal that when one goes in, it is a huge rush and that we would celebrate it like we did. Particularly as well because three days before, things hadn’t gone well for us in the Europa League. So, it was an important moment for us.”

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