Tottenham lost 1-4 to Chelsea in the 11th round of the 2023-24 EPL on Sunday at home at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England. Spurs’ unbeaten streak was snapped, and they lost the top spot to Manchester City.
The loss was a combination of good fortune and bad. Spurs took the lead in the sixth minute through Dejan Kuluczewski, but then Christian Romero was sent off, Destiny Udoji was sent off, Micky van der Penne and James Maddison were injured, and Son Heung-min had a goal disallowed.
Chelsea capitalized on this opportunity, with Cole Palmer equalizing in the 35th minute and Nicola Jackson scoring a hat trick. The result: a 1-4 defeat. To their London rivals, at home, in front of a packed stadium of home fans.
Under normal circumstances, the players wouldn’t be able to keep their heads up. But then an incredible situation unfolded. Tottenham’s home fans, who had traveled to the game despite the loss, gave the team a “standing ovation”. This is something that doesn’t happen often. They applauded Tottenham’s fighting spirit. They applauded them for not backing down when they were two down, and for going on the attack.
They weren’t embarrassed by the defeat. They were proud. The Tottenham fans conveyed this sentiment to the Spurs squad.
“Honestly, it’s unbelievable,” Kuluszewski said after the game. Some things are bigger than soccer, bigger than winning. In that moment, I was really proud of the fans, I was grateful. They make you want to give more back, they give us energy.”레모나토토 주소
Tottenham captain Son Heung-min responded to the Tottenham fans for the gesture. The morning after the Chelsea game, Son took to social media to share a heartfelt message with Spurs fans.
“Son Heung-min sends ‘unbelievable’ message to Tottenham fans the morning after Chelsea game,” wrote Spurs Web, a Tottenham news site. The message read.
“Your support last night was incredible. We felt a lot of energy and atmosphere from the Tottenham fans on the pitch. We made mistakes as a team, we put ourselves at a disadvantage, but you guys, we’re going to learn from this, we’re going to bounce back, we’re going to be stronger together, and I woke up this morning proud of our players, proud of our supporters, and excited to get back on the training field now.”
Responding to the message, the outlet quoted him as saying, “I would say it was a night I would like to forget, but I think Tottenham players need experiences like that to build resilience and to prove to the fans that the way we do things is right, no matter what. It was a bone-crushing defeat, but we will move forward. Our boys are ready for the next game.”