Son Heung-min has opened up on how difficult it has been for him to deal with the sudden and tragic passing of Gian Piero Ventrone.
Despite spending just over ten months at Tottenham, Ventrone seems to have left an indelible mark on everyone associated with Spurs, including the players.
Antonio Conte admitted in his post-match press conference that the news came as a shock to everyone on Thursday and they had to call off training that day, given the impact the tragic incident had on everyone (Football.London).
Son has now spoken about how challenging it was to play a game just two days after Ventrone’s passing and he insisted that the Tottenham fitness coach would have been proud of the way the players responded at the Amex Stadium.
The South Korean told Football.London: “It was really tough. Not only for me but every club member because he was such a special man.
“Preparing for the game was incredibly hard but we did it for him and probably he’s up there looking down and he’ll be very proud of us. I think he was the biggest fan for us on Saturday.”
Son seemed to be particularly close with Ventrone, with the forward giving the Italian a big hug after he scored a hat-trick against Leicester City ahead of the international break.
The 30-year-old opened up on how Ventrone helped him through some difficult times and admitted that they had developed a special bond.
He added: “Look, I don’t want to share this with anybody because it’s just a special moment for me. He’s been there for me in tough moments, in good moments.
“We celebrated some unbelievable moments and some achievements of mine individually last season and some team achievements also.
“He was keeping me always level and we had a really good relationship. This is not for any other people, this is for me really really special. It just hurts talking about him.”
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I do not think anyone would have blamed the Tottenham players if they had lost to Brighton on Saturday as it must have been incredibly difficult to focus on the game, given the tragic events of the days prior.
However, it says a lot about the type of character and professional Ventrone was that the players realised that the Italian would want them to give their all and register a win in his memory.
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