Tottenham Hotspur's Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg may be a hardman on the pitch, but he has demonstrated that he is a true gentleman off of it, sending Brentford's Josh Dasilva a touching message following his poor tackle in Tuesday's Carabao Cup semi-final.
Spurs booked their place in the April's showpiece with a 2-0 victory over the Bees, but the evening was almost marred by Dasilva's late challenge, which left Hojbjerg bleeding heavily from some nasty cuts on his shin.
The 22-year-old Brentford man was sent off for his challenge, but he took to Twitter to apologise for his actions, writing: "Anyone that knows me, knows it was never intentional.. will learn from this." Hojbjerg saw the tweet and responded brilliantly, showing that he boasts bags of class on and off the field.
"Of course you didn’t mean it. So don’t worry. I’m a viking and I am fine. But... You owe me a new shin pad," he joked.
He was also quick to praise the Brentford star, lauding his talent and wishing him all the best for the future.
"You have a great future ahead. Be strong & keep working hard. Best of luck to you and your team. Big hug, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg."
This is what Twitter should be used for.
Dasilva's red card came in the 84th minute, when Spurs' victory was all-but sealed. A first-half strike from Moussa Sissoko put Jose Mourinho's men in charge of the tie, and Son Heung-min wrapped up the win with a venomous 70th-minute finish.
Brentford will feel hard-done by, having had a controversial equaliser ruled out by a marginal offside decision, only for Tottenham's winner to arrive moments after that decision was made.
At the heart of it all was Hojbjerg once again, as the midfield soldier continued to prove why his signing was one of the smartest pieces of business all summer.
Source : 90min