Son Heung-min has said that he feels some responsibility for Antonio Conte’s sacking, admitting that he should have done a lot more this season.
While Conte’s departure from Tottenham did not come as a surprise, what is surprising is the fact that almost none of the Spurs players have taken to social media to thank the Italian or to wish him well.
Multiple reports over the last couple of days have indicated that the players grew tired of the 53-year-old’s behaviour and his training sessions, which might explain why that is the case.
The Evening Standard claimed on Monday that Conte’s tendency to publicly shift the blame onto the squad irked the players while The Daily Mail released yesterday that his habit of rescheduling training sessions erratically without much notice also did not sit well with the squad.
Son has now become the first player to publicly wish Conte the best in his future endeavours, with the South Korean labelling the departed Spurs boss a ‘world-class manager’.
The 30-year-old said (via The Telegraph): “I’m very sorry to him [Conte].
“He is a world-class manager, we had a great journey together, I thank him a lot.
“I do not know how other players are thinking about him, but I’m sorry to him.
“I should have shown more, but I couldn’t. I couldn’t help the team and I feel responsible as he left the club.
“He surely has great ability and experience as a coach and I’m sure he’ll have great success in his other career.
“Coming back to Spurs, I wish to finish the rest of the season in a great way with my teammates, for our club.”
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This is nothing less than one would expect from Son, who is always classy and respectful when he talks publicly about others.
However, I suspect that the South Korean might be secretly revealed that Conte is gone as the Italian’s tactical set-up hampered the 30-year-old more than almost any other player in the squad.
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