Son Heung-min has insisted that his recent goalscoring record against Manchester City does not mean much heading into Saturday’s clash at the Etihad Stadium.
Richarlison has started Tottenham’s last two games against Fulham and Marseille, and put in two excellent displays. He netted both the goals in the Lilywhites’ 2-0 win in their Champions League season-opener over the Ligue 1 side on Wednesday.
The Brazilian’s performances, in addition with Dejan Kulusevski’s impressive form at the start of the season, has seemingly left Antonio Conte with a big selection decision to make ahead of Saturday.
Son has had a slow start to the season and is yet to find the back of the net in the seven matches so far.
However, the South Korean has tormented the City’s defence on a number of occasions over recent years, including in the side’s last meeting back in February when he set up two goals Conte’s men emerged 3-2 winners.
Some might view the clash against City as the ideal game for Son to get back into form but the 30-year-old insisted that his record against Pep Guardiola’s men is not relevant ahead of Saturday’s clash.
He told The Independent: “Just because I have a good record against them doesn’t mean I’ll do something great or have magical moments.
“It doesn’t mean anything. Saturday is a massive game against one of the best teams in the world so we need to prepare for the game really well.
“I’ll do what the team needs. This is my aim. It will be a really difficult game and we are short of time to recover.
“It’s really important we recover well. Good sleep, good eating. We have to be ready for a big battle.”
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If the match does go ahead, there is no way that Conte will drop Son despite the South Korean’s poor form so far this season. Given how high a defensive line City play, this is the sort of game where Son is usually at his best, given his ability to time his runs in-behind to perfection.
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