Antonio Conte emphasised the significance of rotation to Tottenham’s problem on all fronts after substitute Heung-min Son’s sensational 14-minute hat-trick sealed Saturday’s 6-2 thrashing of Leicester.
Son was dropped to the bench after failing to attain in any of Spurs’ opening eight matches however kick-started his marketing campaign with a magical cameo from the bench following his introduction on the hour, firing in two trademark long-range strikes earlier than slotting his third previous the hapless Danny Ward.
First-half headers from Harry Kane and Eric Dier and Rodrigo Bentancur’s first Spurs purpose had seen Antonio Conte’s aspect bounce again from Youri Tielemans’ sixth-minute, retaken penalty and James Maddison’s magical hooked end to steer 3-2 early within the second half.
However Son upstaged all that had come earlier than as his memorable treble prolonged Tottenham’s unbeaten begin to seven video games and lifted Conte’s aspect above rivals Arsenal as much as second within the desk, degree on factors with Premier League leaders Manchester Metropolis.
“To have a participant of this degree on the bench it means in a single second I can change the sport,” Conte mentioned. “At this time the rotation was for Son, however within the subsequent spherical when we’ve got 12 video games in a row, different gamers can be concerned. If you wish to play huge video games within the Premier League and Champions League, they need to begin to perceive rotation is essential.”
Winless Leicester’s nightmare begin to the marketing campaign continued as a heavy sixth-consecutive defeat left the Foxes rooted to the foot of the desk with only a single level after seven video games because the stress mounted on supervisor Brendan Rodgers.
Tottenham: Lloris (8), Sanchez (5), Lenglet (6), Dier (7), Sessegnon (6), Hojbjerg (6), Bentancur (7), Perisic (7), Kulusevski (7), Richarlison (6), Kane (8).
Subs: Son (9), Emerson (6), Romero (6), Bissouma (5).
Leicester: Ward (4), Castagne (5), Faes (6), Evans (5), Justin (6), Maddison (8), Tielemans (7), Ndidi (4), Dewsbury-Corridor (5), Barnes (5), Daka (4).
Subs: Vardy (5), Iheanacho (5), Soumare (n/a).
Man of the Match: Heung-min Son
Tremendous Son steals present as Spurs keep unbeaten
- After failing to attain in eight matches this season, Spurs boss Antonio Conte named Heung-min Son on the bench as he made 4 modifications from the midweek loss at Sporting Lisbon. Davison Sanchez, Clement Lenglet, Ryan Sessegnon and Dejan Kulusevski earned remembers.
- Leicester made three modifications from the humbling 5-2 defeat at Brighton, with debutant Wout Faes, Timothy Castagne and Kiernan Dewsbury-Corridor returning rather than Luke Thomas, Boubakary Soumare and Kelechi Iheanacho.
After struggling their first defeat of the season at Sporting Lisbon, Spurs made the worst potential begin to preserving their unbeaten home begin, with Davinson Sanchez’s unnecessary, clumsy foul on James Justin handing Leicester a fourth-minute penalty.
Hugo Lloris saved Tielemans’ preliminary spot-kick, however Tottenham celebrations have been short-lived. After the Spurs goalkeeper was discovered to have stepped off his line, a retake was ordered, and the Belgian made no mistake on the second try to offer the guests the lead.
Spurs weren’t behind for lengthy, Kane’s fourth headed, and sixth purpose of the season from Dejan Kulusevski’s in-swinging cross ensured Leicester’s lead lasted simply two minutes and Dier accomplished the Tottenham comeback halfway by means of the half when he glanced in Ivan Perisic’s nook on the close to publish.
Wilfred Ndidi deflected the ball into his personal internet 5 minutes later, however his blushes have been spared when Sanchez’s foul on goalkeeper Danny Ward resulted within the effort being chalked off.
Spurs’ sloppiness in possession invited stress from Leicester who, after Patson Daka fired tamely at Lloris and Kiernan Dewsbury-Corridor blazed over, equalised in beautiful trend when Maddison hooked Timothy Castagne’s cross over the Spurs goalkeeper into the far nook.
Tottenham and Leicester may have gone in forward on the break. Ward tipped Sanchez’s header onto the bar earlier than Maddison’s low drive pressured Lloris into motion in stoppage time however, inside two minutes of the restart, Ndidi was caught on the ball by Bentancur, who strode ahead and put his first purpose in English soccer away to revive the hosts’ lead.
Leicester pushed for a second equaliser noticed Daka’s stooping header draw an beautiful, clawing save from Lloris, with the prospect forcing Conte to show to his substitutes Son, Cristian Romero and Emerson Royal to regain order. They delivered simply that.
Son banished his early-season struggles with an unstoppable shot from 20 yards to offer Spurs the respiratory house they craved earlier than he netted a shocking curled second off his left foot from the identical vary and sealed the matchball by linking up with Kane to finish a memorable treble.
Spurs robust begin continues – Opta stats
- Tottenham’s 17 factors from their seven Premier League video games this season is their joint-best document at this stage of a marketing campaign, degree with 2016-17 after they completed as runners-up to Antonio Conte’s Chelsea.
- Leicester are winless of their first seven league video games of a marketing campaign for the primary time since 1983-84, whereas their 22 targets conceded is their most ever after seven league video games.
- Of all Premier League fixtures to have been performed not less than 30 occasions, Tottenham towards Leicester has the very best common goals-per-game (3.73 – 123 targets in 33 video games).
- Tottenham scored six targets in a Premier League residence sport for the primary time since their 9-1 win over Wigan Athletic in November 2009.
- Tottenham have scored extra headed targets than every other aspect within the Premier League this season, with their seven such targets in seven video games this time period only one fewer than they netted in the entire of 2021-22.
Conte: Gamers should perceive significance of rotation
Tottenham supervisor Antonio Conte: “It is vital to know that if you play a whole lot of video games in a row, gamers may be drained bodily and mentally.
“Gamers do not suppose this, they suppose they can play each sport however, on the similar time, I used to be a participant and I do know that if you wish to play huge video games within the Premier League and Champions League, they need to begin to perceive rotation is essential.
“To have a participant of this degree on the bench it means in a single second I can change the sport. That is the fitting path for us. At this time the rotation was for Son, however within the subsequent spherical when we’ve got 12 video games in a row, different gamers can be concerned.”
Rodgers takes duty as stress mounts
Leicester supervisor Brendan Rodgers: “I are available day-after-day and see the gamers coaching with confidence, however it’s important to win video games. I completely perceive the frustration of supporters. I can not cover from that, it’s my duty.
“No matter occurs I’ll have an enormous quantity of respect for them (the homeowners) as a result of they’ve given me nice assist since I’ve been right here.
I perceive the sport, I perceive soccer. At this time the scoreline did not replicate the sport, however the backside line is we’ve got had a heavy defeat and we must always have been higher. No matter occurs to me right here at Leicester whether or not I keep and proceed to combat on, I’ll at all times respect them.”
Man of the Match – Heung-min Son
After failing to attain with any of his first 17 pictures within the Premier League this season, Heung-min Son scored with three of his 4 makes an attempt towards Leicester.
Son grew to become the primary Tottenham and seventh Premier League participant to attain a Premier League hat-trick instead, and the primary since Steven Naismith towards Chelsea in September 2015.
After the worldwide break, Tottenham journey to Arsenal for the North London derby on October 1 at 12.30pm, earlier than Leicester host Nottingham Forest on Monday Evening Soccer on October 3 at 8pm – reside on Sky Sports activities Premier League.