Toby Alderweireld had a mixed game for Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
What a turbulent game it was for Tottenham Hotspur’s Toby Alderweireld on Sunday.
First, the Belgian centre-back scored the own goal which led to Spurs falling behind in their 3-2 win at Aston Villa yesterday.
But then the Tottenham defender made amends for the error by hammering home a wonderful equaliser later in the first half, turning like a centre-forward and unleashing an unstoppable close-range shot past a helpless Pepe Reina in goal.
But Jose Mourinho, speaking to BBC Sport, said he was also culpable for Aston Villa’s equaliser.
Bjorn Engles rose highest to head home from a corner in the second half as Villa made it 2-2, and Mourinho believes that Alderweireld lost his duel with the big defender on that occasion.
He said: “In a funny way I’d say he’s scored three goals: the own goal, his goal and then when he loses the duel with Engels. but he scored with a shot of his life with a new baby this week.”
The 30-year-old’s partner did indeed give birth to a baby boy this week, but Alderweireld still had a decent game for the most part and fans of the North London side can expect to see him next season, after signing a new deal under Mourinho a couple of months back.