Tottenham HotspurDutch winger Steven Bergwijn said he is living “every boy’s dream” after coming on from the bench and scoring twice in stoppage time to seal a historic 3-2 win at Leicester City on Wednesday.
Spurs manager Antonio Conte hit Bergwijn in the 79th minute as his side took a 2-1 lead and he unleashed killers in injury time fifth and seventh to prolong the unbeaten run. The team’s defeat in the Premier League increased to nine games.
Bergwijn’s heroes capped the closest return to victory in Premier League history, with Tottenham leading after 94:52. The previous record was held by City of Manchester in their 3-2 Premier League win over Queens Park Rangers in May 2012 (91:14), according to ESPN Stats & Information.
“It was fantastic. The fans had a great day. I scored two goals. I was happy. The manager told me to score goals, make it difficult for defenders and always follow up Harry Kane“Bergwijn said.
“It’s every boy’s dream to turn a game around like this,” he added.
“It’s a big game and we have a lot of games on our hands, now we need to work and take on each game.”
Bergwijn has started three games this season and is yet to make an 11th game under Conte, but the Italian coach says he has no doubts about the winger’s worth and wants to keep him at the club.
“Before, when someone asked me about Steven Bergwijn, I was very clear. I said that for me he is an important player because he has characteristics that we don’t have in our squad. many creative players,” he said.
“He is very good in one v one, good at beating the junior. He can play striker, he can play number 10 and for us, for me, he is an important player. and we have to try to improve, to become stronger, not to lose a player and become less powerful.
“Steven is a player that if he’s in good shape and good fitness, he can start the game or he can come on and change the game. For me, I think he’s a player. important player and you know very well the player must be. happy and I think this player is very happy to stay with us and play for Tottenham,” he added.
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers criticized Youri Tielemans as “naive” for getting the ball late, leading to the final winner gasping for breath and feeling confused by how to beat.
“It was a great opportunity tonight, but you have to see it. I don’t think Tottenham won the game, we took them three points. It’s disappointing,” he said.
While Bergwijn was the hero, Kane, who scored his first goal for Spurs, also seemed close to his best ability as both a finisher, an assist and an assist. England the front was threatened from the very beginning.