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Son shares what Conte told him after substitution in Tottenham win

Son Heung-min has shared with Sky Sports (broadcast on 12/5; 21:46) what Antonio Conte told him after his substitution during the latter stages of Tottenham Hotspur’s North London derby win over Arsenal.

Thursday proved to be a near-perfect night for Spurs. It felt like a must-win game with four points separating Tottenham from the Gunners in the Premier League table.

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There is still work to be done. But Conte’s side were outstanding, winning 3-0. Harry Kane scored twice, while Son made the points safe at the start of the second-half with the third goal.

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Son moved himself one behind Mohamed Salah at the top of the goalscoring charts with another goal. He is on an unbelievable run right now. And many will be backing the South Korean to move ahead of the Liverpool star.

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What perhaps did not help was Conte taking Son off before the end of the contest. And it was immediately clear that the forward was not at all to see his number come up on the board to come off.

Son was asked about his frustrations after the game. And he went on to share what Conte used as an explanation for the decision.

“Obviously, I want to play always but what can I say? He’s the manager, it’s a manager decision. But I need to accept it,” he told Sky Sports.

“He said we have an important game on Sunday, so that’s why. So it’s not a big deal. I’m not angry, just disappointed because I came off. But I move on. Sunday is another game.”

Son substitution the right decision as Tottenham pick up huge win

Son may feel that he missed an opportunity. But on his current form, there will be plenty of chances to add to his tally in the games against Burnley and Norwich.

Had he picked up an injury, Conte would have kicked himself for not taking him off.

Tottenham and Son will now be absolutely raring to go when they face the Clarets this weekend.

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