Starting off the season with some solid performances, Tottenham crumbled over the period of three games.
Losing to Crystal Palace 3-0, Chelsea to the same scoreline and then dismantled by Arsenal in the North London derby 3-1, Spurs owed it to their fans to rectify matters against Aston Villa.
They managed it, beating Dean Smith’s side 2-1, with a goal from Pierre-Emile Højbjerg helping Nuno Espírito Santo and co. get 12 points from their opening seven games.
Now on international duty with Denmark, the midfielder was asked about the goal, which he feels was incredibly important, and helped the team ‘lower their shoulders and play more freely’.
Relayed by Tipsbladet, the player talked about the need to get a win following their run of poor form.
He said: “Of course it meant a lot. It was important to get back on the right keel after conceding nine goals in three games. It is absolutely unacceptable, especially when you only score one goal yourself. It was not fun to be a part of.
“Even when we won three matches, we were well aware that we did not do things perfectly and were still in a process. Now, we luckily got a victory over Aston Villa, so overall it looks ok after seven games. We are four points behind first, so if we stick to now, it may well be ok”.
Much like under José Mourinho, the 26-year-old has been instrumental to Nuno’s plans in the early stages of the season, as the Dane has appeared in all but one of Tottenham’s games this season, starting and finishing every single match in the Premier League in the process.
Spurs’ next game comes against Newcastle United on Sunday October 17th at St James’ Park, where three points will be expected against Steve Bruce’s underachieving Magpies.