09 December 2019 00:32
Jose Mourinho, right, took charge of Spurs after Mauricio Pochettino's sacking Sonaldo Nazario," said the Tottenham manager when asked for his reaction to Son Heung-min's extraordinary 70-metre solo run and finish in the 5-0 win over Burnley. Mourinho was a member of Sir Bobby Robson's backroom staff during the Brazilian's solitary, but stellar, season at the Nou Camp. Jose Mourinho, Bobby Robson and Ronaldo were together for a season at Barcelona Only 20, Ronaldo scored 47 goals in 49 games during the 1996-97 campaign, frequently leaving defenders for dead on swerving, turbo-charged stampedes towards goal. They have remained at the top every day for 15 years," said Mourinho in October. And Son's goal against the Clarets was just as good as anything on the Brazilian's showreel.
In the 31st minute, the South Korean picked the ball up on the edge of his own box after a Burnley free-kick was cleared. Twelve seconds and 12 touches later he had shredded the visiting defence and slotted past Nick Pope for a goal-of-the-season shortlist certainty. Son's goal was his 10th in 20 games for Tottenham this season "I just wanted to keep going," said Son of his goal. Former Tottenham striker Gary Lineker, who rarely strayed from the opposition penalty box never mind back into his own half, declared it one of the best goals he had ever seen. Even one of Burnley's most famous fans had to marvel at Son's goal.
Tottenham and England legend Gary Lineker said it would be "goal of the season." He wrote on Twitter: "Wow. Son has just scored one of the greatest individual goals you're ever likely to see. Speaking on Soccer Saturday Matt Le Tissier said it was even better than goal of the season. "Son has scored the goal of the season – he picks up possession about 90 yards out and he runs, and he runs, and he runs," he said. It reminded a lot of fans of George Weah's famous goal for AC Milan against Verona back in 1996. Adam reckons this goal tops that one: "Those of a certain age will remember George Weah's end to end wonder goal.
Wow. Son has just scored one of the greatest individual goals you're ever likely to see. Goal of the season, me thinks. Those of a certain age will remember George Weah's end to end wonder goal. If Salah scores that Son goal he'd get a documentary on sky. Son Heung-min has just dribbled 90 odd yards past 7 Burnley defenders like they were cones and the slotted home... Fans who witnessed this live will forever say I WAS THERE THAT DAY WHEN SON SCORED RUNNING FROM HALF WAY LINE. #Son — FPL_Enthusiast (@FPL_Enthusiast) December 7, 2019 Mourinho said after the game: "Even before the goal, my son calls him Sonaldo after Ronaldo Luis Nazario. "The only thing that comes to my mind is the goal when I had the honour of being next to Sir Bobby Robson in 1996 when Ronaldo scored. Son Heung-Min opts to dribble his way through Burnley's team after collecting the ball Son was tempted to pass to team-mate Dele Alli before his run but could not find him Harry Kane fired a brace with Lucas Moura and Moussa Sissoko both on target too, but it was Son's stunning goal that hogged all the plaudits. Mourinho dubbed the South Korean 'Sonaldo' in homage to former Brazil striker Ronaldo, insisting Saturday's finish merited comparison with the ex-Barcelona player's jinking run and finish against Compostela in 1996. Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has a word with Son Heung-Min after his man-of-the-match display For me it's difficult, but every single goal is special. Son Heung-min almost spurned the length-of-the-field break that brought him an early contender for goal of the season against Burnley. Son tried to pass before blazing through Burnley backline to score wonder goal Son bisected a stunned Burnley at full pace before steadying himself for a fine goal, delighting boss Jose Mourinho and the rest of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Heung-Min Son: pic.twitter.com/80NDZTuWQI — Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 7, 2019 "I saw Dele (Alli) running on the left side, and many Burnley players," said Son. This kind of goal, especially at home, it makes me so proud and happy. "This kind of goal is, for me, really, really special." Sonny on his incredible solo effort during today's win.#THFC ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/8BkZaEeM8x — Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 7, 2019 Harry Kane fired a brace with Lucas Moura and Moussa Sissoko both on target too, but it was Son's stunning goal that hogged all the plaudits. Mourinho dubbed the South Korean "Sonaldo" in homage to former Brazil striker Ronaldo, insisting Saturday's finish merited comparison with the ex-Barcelona player's jinking run and finish against Compostela in 1996. The ever-humble Son conceded he even had time to fear failing to cap such a sensational break with a goal, as he set himself to fire past Burnley keeper Nick Pope. "I was tired actually, really, really tired after the running," Son told Spurs TV. This kind of goal, especially at home, it makes me so proud and happy Son Heung-min "So I just tried to focus and finish well, and I'm really, really happy to finish it. For me it's difficult, but every single goal is special. "I like to dribble, I like to score goals, so this kind of goal is really, really special. So I'm just grateful for a special feeling like this." He said: "I can say that Harry Kane will not play, but who will play, I need to think." #COYS pic.twitter.com/kjHHE1T1t2 — Harry Kane (@HKane) December 7, 2019 Burnley will host Newcastle on Saturday itching to return to winning ways after three straight defeats and leaking 11 goals.