Antonio Conte’s ‘killer’ assistant helped Son Heung-min through his difficult spell at Tottenham


Son understandably cut a happy figure in the area outside the Tottenham dressing room just hours after scoring his first goals of the season, including two superb strikes – one with his right foot and the other with his left.

But the 30-year-old, who now has ties to South Korea for matches against Costa Rica and Cameroon, admitted he’d struggled to enjoy the team’s excellent start to the season as he shot blank.

“Look, I was born with a love for football and I am still in love with football,” said Son. “I think about football. I’m an attacking player and if I don’t score I’m not happy. How can I be happy when I have an incredible chance to score or create chances? If I’m happy and not score I probably won’t be here.

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“Sometimes when I go home, even if we won the game, I’m still sad because my performance wasn’t good, there are things I can do better and the mistakes I made because I missed the opportunities. I always think about football because I came here and that’s why I’m here. I still love football, even in the difficult moments.”

Son admitted that scoring 23 goals and winning last season’s Golden Boot has brought attention to him, adding: “Sometimes you achieve so many great things that people naturally start to look at you and give you more attention . But this is why I’m here, to do better things and learn something.

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“In football and in life, I think I’m still young. I want to learn a lot of things in the Premier League. It was clear that the first few games were difficult, but this is the lesson. But I have enough experience in professional football teams I had some bad periods and some great ones Even when I had a good period I learned so many things And in the lesser periods you learn so much I’m doing it now It wasn’t that bad but on these difficult moments I had some lessons and really good people around me to help me.”

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