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Tottenham Hotspur winger Steven Bergwijn on scoring a late double in the 3-2 comeback win against Leicester City

Steven Bergwijn inspired Tottenham Hotspur to complete a historic comeback against Leicester City after his late double gave them the 3-2 win in the Premier League fixture. His goals helped Spurs to continue their push for the top four places in their pursuit for the Champions League next season.

The 24-year-old started the game on the bench after returning from a calf injury but was brought on the pitch in the final ten minutes of normal time. The winger scored his first in the 95th minute after picking off the loose ball following a clean touch from Matt Doherty. Harry Kane fed him with a brilliant through ball in the 97th minute, and he netted the winner by rounding past Kasper Schmeichel.

Speaking in the post-match interview (h/t ESPN), Bergwijn revealed his delight in helping the team to three points. He added that Antonio Conte told him to stick close to Kane, which eventually assisted him to score the winner late in the game.

Tottenham ace Bergwijn on scoring late double in the 3-2 win against Leicester.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Steven Bergwijn celebrates scoring their third goal with fans. (Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff)

“It is fantastic. The fans had a fantastic day. I scored two goals. I am happy. The manager told me to score goals, make difficulties for the defenders and stay close to Harry Kane. This is every boy’s dream to turn around a game like this. It was a massive game and we have a lot of games in hand, now we need to work and take on each game.”

What a turnaround!

We were clearly the better side on the night, so it would have been disappointing to see us not win the match after our performance. The Foxes had two clearances off the line- one from the England captain’s shot and another from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

That is without considering the 28-year-old striker’s header that hit the bar, and there were concerns that this was one of those days where the ball just would not go in. Had we lost the game, it would have been a blow to our hopes of finishing in the top four this season.

Bergwijn levels the scoring in the 95th minute for Spurs.
Bergwijn levels the scoring in the 95th minute for Spurs.

But this comeback win was just what we needed to get over the disappointing performances against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup semi-final. That being said, we cannot afford to have a repeat of the same since the chances of turning the tide are always slim.

There have been times when we have kicked into action only after the opposition scores in the game. It is a dangerous trend and something needs to change. But as long as we keep winning the PL under Conte, fans would probably not mind how those three points come, at least in the short run.

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The Dutchman’s performances would boost us at a time when Son Heung-min is out on the sidelines. Since our attacking options are thin, Bergwijn has a massive chance to make a case for himself to be a regular starter. As evidenced in the game yesterday, he can even play centrally alongside Harry Kane- and this versatility is a big boost for us.

And as for our Italian manager, it was clear that he had masterminded a win by making this crucial substitution. By adding one more Spurs attacker centrally, the fresh legs and finishing instincts of Bergwijn clearly tormented a tired Caglar Soyuncu. It remains to be seen if this is the beginning of something special from the Dutch star.

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