Son Heung-min: Red Star Belgrade goals helped after 'really tough few days'

Dimitri Kondonis

Son Heung-min’s double against Red Star Belgrade helped put a ‘really tough few days’ behind him.

The Tottenham star was involved in the initial tackle which caused Andre Gomes to suffer a fracture dislocation to his ankle on Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Everton.

He was visibly left distraught by the tackle on Merseyside, almost immediately bursting into tears before he was sent off by referee Martin Atkinson.

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BELGRADE, SERBIA - NOVEMBER 06: Heung-Min Son of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after he scores his team's third goal during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Crvena Zvezda and Tottenham Hotspur at Rajko Mitic Stadium on November 06, 2019 in Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
Son scored twice at Red Star Belgrade to ease his difficult week. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

But Son struck twice in four minutes during Spurs’ Champions League victory on Wednesday night to help end a difficult week on a positive note.

And the South Korean star added his friends and team-mates’ support helped him through a tough time.

He told BT Sport 2: “It was a really, really tough few days. I realised how lucky I am to have the supporters, my friends, my team-mates – everyone gave me such strong messages. Of course I still feel really, really sorry about this accident and this situation.

“I had to focus for the team. I had to keep going. I had to keep working hard. I think this is my right answer to all the people who support me.”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Son Heung-Min of Spurs (L) looks inconconsolable as Andre Gomes of Everton lies injured during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on November 3, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)
It followed an incident on Sunday where Andre Gomes was severely injured. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino, meanwhile, was pleased to earn his side’s first away win in 14 attempts - and their first of the season.

He told BT Sport 2: “We are happy. We are so pleased for the performance of the team. It is a difficult place to play.

“Different teams last year like Liverpool or Paris St Germain or Napoli didn’t win here. We expected a very tough game but I think the approach from the team was fantastic.

“We need to get our confidence and I think this type of game will help us stay all together and now we need to keep going. It is only a game and we need to win three points more to qualify for the next stage.

“But that is a good feeling after today and we need to keep going in this way.”

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