‘The way he imbalanced them’ – Nuno praises Spurs star for Villa performance

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Nuno Espirito Santo has praised the way Heung-min Son performed during Tottenham’s win against Aston Villa. 

The Portuguese coach has been under pressure to deliver in the Premier League following three straight defeats but managed to do so with a 2-1 victory against Dean Smith’s side on Sunday. 

Son, who is Tottenham’s leading league scorer this season, was influential throughout proceedings in North London, assisting the game’s opener for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and forcing Villa defender Matt Target to turn the ball into his own net for the winner.

Although the South Korea international failed to register on the scoresheet himself at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, he proved to be a constant thorn in Villa’s side with the way he drove Spurs up the pitch and into dangerous areas. 

Son’s individual performance did not go unnoticed from coach Nuno, who singled out his display among a host of positive showings from a Spurs side that has taken a dent in confidence in recent weeks. 

Asked about Son’s performance, Nuno said (Football London): “All the players are very important, all the players. Not only Sonny did a good game, overall the team did very well.

“Sonny, the way he took the team forward and the way he imbalanced them on one-v-one situations was very important, but all the team, there were a lot of good individual performances and when this happens the team plays better, it is natural so I am pleased.”

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It comes as no surprise that Son was Spurs’ most threatening player going forward, as we have seen it plenty of times before.

He eased the pressure on the defence when Villa were growing into the game and used his pace to stretch the match.

His directness played a hand in both Spurs goals which has sent the side into the international break in a more positive mood. 

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