Tottenham Hotspur’s third goal against Chelsea on Easter Sunday wasn’t the prettiest thing ever. In fact, it was pretty much a scrappy, garbage goal that was poked into the net after some hilarious Chelsea defending and a scrum in front of Willy Caballero’s box.
It didn’t have to be that way, though, if only Son Heung-Min had picked his head up and played a square ball to another Spurs player. And, Sonny’s teammates (lovingly) let him know that in post-match comments reported in the Independent.
“He made it more difficult than it was,” said Christian Eriksen. “Of course, we scored, so it was relief, but if we didn’t score it would have been a big disappointment for Sonny not to pass it, but luckily Dele finished it off.”
Dele, who managed to put the ball past Caballero regardless, was even more forthright.
“I was complaining,” Alli said. “I was a little bit annoyed that he didn’t, but Sonny is a player who is in really good form so when he goes through you’d back him to score. He kept it alive, and luckily it fell to me.”
Ironically, the one person we haven’t heard from is the one who really should be upset at Sonny: Erik Lamela. Erik was wide open at the penalty spot while Sonny was busy getting his shot blocked twice and was literally screaming for the ball. The camera cut away after Dele scored, and while I’m sure Erik was glad that the ball went in, it sure looked like he wasn’t celebrating that goal.
In the end, it doesn’t matter. Dele scored, Spurs won, and it’s no doubt something that they’re all laughing about during training now. And in fairness to Son, scorers gotta score, and he’d be forgiven for thinking that he would have the best chance to score in the position he was in.
Not sure if Lamela would feel that way, though.