Nuno Espirito Santo’s Tottenham team ended their pre-season campaign in the best way possible with a 1-0 win over Arsenal.
Having a number of chances to take the lead against their north London rivals with Son Heung-min denied by Bernd Leno and Dele Alli hitting the post twice, it was the South Korean who got the crucial goal late on with a low strike.
Needing a win after Wednesday’s 2-2 draw away at Chelsea, the victory and performance over Arsenal will give everyone a big lift ahead of Sunday’s Premier League opener against Man City.
Speaking after the victory, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg discussed the performance and claimed that Spurs are still “building” as they get used to life under Espirito Santo.
Clearly nice to end their summer fixtures by getting one over their rivals, the Dane did state that Spurs do need to improve on their consistency every day and bring that forward a bit if they are to keep progressing.
“Let’s stay on the right track, let’s stay steady, let’s stay realistic,” he told Spurs TV.
“I’ve said it before that the talent in this team is incredible. We’ve got to change a little bit maybe the way of bringing that mentality and let’s say the ability to be consistent every single day in our behaviour. I think we have to bring that forward a bit more.
“I think today we put in a good fight, saw some good play, we were well organised and again we were very excited to try to give back for the great support.
“We are building, we are trying to improve every single day. Today again, let’s say, was a piece of what we have tried to be training on.
“Of course there will be more and we will be better and we will be stronger, but so far not bad.”
Hojbjerg’s appearance against Arsenal was only his second of pre-season after his start in their previous fixture against Chelsea.
Maybe not having as much time off as some of his teammates after helping Denmark reach the semi-finals of Euro 2020, the midfielder has vowed to keep on pushing and giving his all until the day he calls time on his career.
“I’m very excited, I’m very excited and I feel well physically and mentally,” he added.
“Again, I truly believe it’s a way of living. When I’m 35 or 38 I can stop, but until then I will push myself until the limit and give my all.
“The club know it, my teammates know it and I will every day try to give my best. This is who I am.
“Again, I’ve said it before, I really want to keep improving, I really want to keep learning. I feel the environment we have now also is the perfect place to keep growing as a person and as a footballer.
“We keep pushing, I keep pushing and let’s hope for more glory.”
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