Antonio Conte has revealed that Heung-min Son was feeling the pressure heading into the final game of the season, not only in a race for Champions League football, but the Golden Boot too.
Son went into the game one behind Salah in the charts, knowing that he would need at least one goal to get a share of the prestigious award.
Fortunately, Tottenham ticked their first box of the afternoon with plenty of time left on the clock, as Dejan Kulusevski curled in a goal to make it 3-0 early in the second half.
Son then scored two goals of his own to draw level with and then overtake Mo Salah, although the Liverpool star scored a goal of his own before full-time against Wolves.
That means Tottenham’s South Korean winger scooped a share of the prize, finishing on 23 goals for the season, remarkably without any penalties. And Conte was keen to hand out praise, not only to Son, but to the entire Spurs squad.
He said (BBC live blog – 22/05/22 at 18:40): “It’s a magnificent achievement for him. I think Sonny felt a bit of pressure to reach this achievement but we are very happy for him.
Today we had two targets. The first was to get into the Champions League and then to try to help Sonny to become top scorer and so we’re very happy.”
He added (18:34 in the live blog): “This was our target. First to get in the Champions League but then when there was a chance to help Sonny reach the top scorer, we enjoyed it.
“I have seen his teammates try to help him. The award is for Son but it’s for the whole team. They helped him reach this big achievement.”
Spurs Web Opinion:
To score 23 goals across a Premier League season, outscore Harry Kane at Spurs, and score more than the likes of Mo Salah who also take penalties – that is out of this world from Heung-min Son. No one deserves it more than him!
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