Heung-min Son opens up on his love for Conte’s passion on the sidelines

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Speaking after Tottenham’s 2-0 win over Brentford, Son Heung-min has admitted that he loves the energy and passion that Antonio Conte’s exudes on the sidelines.

With other results going Tottenham’s way over recent days, it was a big match for the North Londoners on Thursday against the Bees, particularly after the postponement of the Burnley clash.

Spurs delivered a professional performance to emerge comfortable winners and moved within two points of fourth place with a game in hand.

Son admitted that the players went into the game with complete clarity regarding their roles.

The South Korean told Amazon Prime Video (2/12/21 at 21:27): “The expectation [before the game] was everyone moves with the ball and without the ball.

“Everyone knows where to be, everyone should be where he asked for and every player should know what to do.

“The detail really helps and gives us a boost. We have a lot to improve but there is a long season to go.”

Son also admitted that having Conte drive the players on from the sidelines through the ninety minutes was of great help.

When asked about the new head coach, the Spurs forward responded: “He [Conte] is so passionate, I love it. I want to play with passion on the pitch and off the pitch.

“It is really important even on the pitch he is so passionate, it is really helpful.

“With our new gaffer we have had three games and there is lots to improve. I don’t want to talk about the future, saying is always easy but we have to prove on the pitch.

“Now we have to prepare for Sunday and if we take three points it can be an unbelievable week.”

It was Son’s strike in the 65th minute that put the result beyond doubt as he finished off a sweeping move after being picked out by Sergio Reguilon, whose overlap was found by Harry Kane.

In typically humble fashion, the 28-year-old gave all the credit to his teammates for the move.

Speaking about his goal, Son said: “It was a great performance, obviously the goal was beautiful but the rest of my teammates did it, I did the easiest job for the great combinations.

“We played with a great performance, from the start of the game we wanted to make it a horrible night for them because this is our home and luckily we did it really well. I think we did a great, great job.

“When we play short, they must come out one or two players which means we have more options in the box. I believe in my quality with the one v one situation. Luckily we scored, it was all about practice and luckily we did it well.”

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There were clear signs yesterday that the players are now getting more comfortable with the system and their specific roles in it.

I was especially impressed with our defensive display as we hardly allowed Brentford to create any clear-cut chance all game.

It seemed like the only way they were going to score was either through a set-piece or a long throw.

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