Spurs did the Spider-Man celebration and it backfired bigtime

Spurs eased past a 10-man Crystal Palace at home to secure the Boxing Day spoils, continuing their push for a Champions League spot with a comprehensive 3-0 scoreline on the night.

Antonio Conte’s men scored twice in the first half as Palace saw their talisman Wilfried Zaha sent off following a second yellow card for a reckless push on Davison Sanchez.

Son Heung-min struck in the 74th minute to put the game beyond a doubt, and the South Korean international celebrated the moment, as he had of late, by mimicking Spider-Man’s web-slinging hand gesture.

This time, however, his teammates decided to join in as well, collectively mimicking as if to suggest they were throwing Spider-Man’s iconic cobwebs around.

After sharing a team embrace near the flag post, Son looks into one of the cameras and appears to nudge his teammates to observe him. And as the 29-year-old winger belted the web-slinging gesture, his teammates – Emerson Royal, Davinson Sanchez, Pierre Hojbjerg and Lucas Moura – appeared more than happy to follow suit.

The celebration has drawn a plethora of reactions and memes from the online community, but perhaps in a way that was not expected by the players.   

Understandably, the most common theme underlying these memes were the references to Tottenham’s trophy drought, with most fans joking that by imitating Spider-Man’s gesture the players were adding “more webs to their trophy cabinet”.

One fan even used a play on words of Spider-Man’s latest movie No Way Home, to make it “Spider-Man: No Trophies At Home”.

Having won their last trophy back in 2008 after claiming a 2-1 win against Chelsea in the League Cup final, Tottenham have been waiting since then to end the 13-year trophy drought.

The latest reinforcement in the form of Conte’s appointment is a good head start towards that purpose, with the team beginning to perform and take the shape of genuine trophy contenders. 

The latest victory has placed the North London outfit up to fifth place on the table, one spot shy of European football.