Heung-Min’s son “Conte playing with the handbrake on? Noo~”

Criticism of director Conte’s ‘stupid tactics’ shields him, “I will work hard”

Son Heung-min (30) has recently stepped forward with coach Antonio Conte, who has been criticized for his operational skills.

▲ Tottenham manager Antonio Conte (centre) gives instructions to Son Heung-min and Klusevsky with a fierce expression during the EPL 2nd round away match against Chelsea on the 15th. [로이터 연합뉴스]

Son Heung-min took over as Conte’s coach at a press conference with British media including Football London on the 6th (Korea time) after the third round of the UEFA Champions League (UCL) group stage (0-0 draw) against Frankfurt (Germany). He showed strong trust while refuting voices of criticism towards him.

Tottenham suffered a sluggish defeat at recent Premier League ‘North London rivals’ Arsenal 1-3 and a goalless draw in Frankfurt. In particular, there were voices of criticism that Conte had not used the abilities of Tottenham’s players well with a tactic aimed only at counter-attacking.

After the game against Frankfurt, former Tottenham defender Jason Kundi appealed for the frightening performance of Tottenham’s attack, saying, “Tottenham are playing with the handbrake on.” Regarding this, Son Heung-min said, “Criticism of the team from outside is something we cannot control.” He said, “We must suffer together as a team. Critics have to think positively because they have high expectations.”

▲ “Use both feet well”
After being replaced, Son Heung-min enters the bench with a smile while talking to coach Antonio Conte.
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He showed confidence towards Conte. “It’s important to be with Conte,” said Son. “Last season, I didn’t believe we would be in the UCL now. Conte wants more and I will follow his path. We have to trust Conte. There is no choice,” he said.

Son Heung-min, who won the Golden Boot (top scorer trophy) for the first time as an Asian player with 23 goals last season, has a rather low scoring ability this season. He has only scored three goals in the league, including a hat-trick against Leicester City. Including UCL, he has 3 goals and 1 assist.

In response to these criticisms, Son Heung-min promised, “I will work harder on my own.” “Harry Kane and I had a great opportunity,” he said. “I think we should have scored two or three goals against Frankfurt,” he said. No goals have been scored in an away game.”

On the 14th (Korea time), Heung-Min Son plays the ball with an opponent in the group D match between Tottenham and Sporting (Portugal) at Jose Alvalad Stadium in Lisbon, Portugal on the 14th (Korea time) debate Lisbon AFP Yonhap News

▲ On the 14th (Korea time), Heung-Min Son plays the ball with an opponent in the group D match between Tottenham and Sporting (Portugal) at Jose Alvalad Stadium in Lisbon, Portugal on the 14th (Korea time) fighting
Lisbon AFP Yonhap News

Son Heung-min continued, “The Champions League doesn’t always bring a chance to score with difficulty,” and “We’re human too. need to improve a little more. It’s very frustrating, but I’ll go in a better direction.” Tottenham, who are in third place in the league with 5 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss (17 points), will play against Brighton in the EPL on the 9th.

Byung-gyu Choi, staff reporter

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