Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has insisted that he and his Spurs teammates had to show “how much [they] care” against Aston Villa over the weekend.
Tottenham Hotspur started the season brightly as they won their first three Premier League games of the season 1-0. These wins came against Man City, Wolves and Watford.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side went on a bad run after that. They did not win in 90 minutes in five games across all competitions.
This stretch of results included three league defeats. The last of these losses came as Arsenal beat them 3-1 in the North London derby.
Spurs were in need of a win over the weekend as they hosted Aston Villa. Hojbjerg got on the scoresheet as the Londoners beat Dean Smith’s side won 2-1.
Hojbjberg has told the club’s official website that he was “happy” to get the win over Villa:
“It was an important win, an acceptable performance and nice to feel some good energy in terms of being able to bring the crowd with us, we really felt that.
“We had to show it. We had to show how much we care and how much we want it, and I think in a big part of it today we showed that.
“I was very pleased with the way we responded to 1-1. We went forward, played out from the back… Sonny today, he did brilliantly with two assists and running behind them. He did really well, created two fantastic goals for us.
“In the past weeks the frustration has been growing. But when you come into this stadium, these surroundings, this arena and you step in and how the crowd responds, it’s impossible not to feel ready for the fight. We stood up and I’m happy we got the win. We needed that. Now we need to go forward, to push forward.”
Santo suggested that the Villa win was “important” for his side:
“Good, good, good. We needed a win but a well-deserved win. We did a good match against tough opponents. Important for us, the boys and the fans. We reacted well after conceding and positive in a lot of ways.
“The boys did well. Villa are a very good team with the press so it was about taking risks. Our front three were always in the middle. They played well.
“Many time we conceded and go flat but this time the team did well. We missed chances to kill the game.
“All the players did well, we have talented players and when they are confident, they are unstoppable.”
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