Conte delighted with Son’s contribution

Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United – Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Reaction

Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 West Ham United

Some have questioned the form of Heung-Min Son of late. Antonio Conte didn’t!

The Italians’ judgement proved to be spot-on as the South Korean produced a virtuoso performance, scoring twice as Tottenham saw off London rivals, West Ham United – A result that saw them close the gap on the top four to three points.

Previously, Conte had suggested he would be crazy to drop Son: “Yes, but it is always very difficult when you have an important player and you know very well that during a season there are different periods,” he explained.

“Sometimes you have a lot of confidence and everything you try to do on the pitch you are able to do. Sometimes the confidence can go down but the important player, the top player is good to manage this moment and Sonny you’re talking about a player who is really good. An important player but at the same time a good person.”

Conte continued: “He suffers if the performance is not good but especially if we don’t get three points.

“I think this must be our first thing, not to think to yourself but to think for the team.

“I’m playing not so good and it’s a pity for the team not only for yourself, but I repeat about him he is an important player for us and he showed today that he is an important player and I have seen a lot of links between him, Harry and Kulusevski but also with Lucas, Steven Bergwijn and we are working a lot on this aspect.”

Conte was quizzed as to whether he was relishing the prospect of a shootout with Arsenal for a top-four place: “The only way to put pressure to Arsenal is to get three points, to win.

“There are nine games to go and for us, every game has to be a final and at this moment for sure they have a good advantage, also, especially because they’re working with the same coach for many years and they have many transfer markets with the same coach.

“Maybe they are in this moment more ready than us but in five months we did a fantastic job with these players and now I think that we reduced the gap with many teams in England.”

Brian Jeeves