Son Heung-min plans to immediately start preparing for the A match in October.
Tottenham defeated Luton Town 1-0 in the eighth round of the 2023-24 Premier League (PL) at Kenilworth Road Stadium in Luton, England, at 8:30 p.m. on the 7th. With the victory, Tottenham topped the league with six wins and two draws (20 points).
Tottenham, the home team, played in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Son Heung-min was located at the front line, and Hishalisson, James Medicine, and Dejan Kulusevski supported the attack in the second line. Just below it, Bissouma and Papasar worked together. The back four was paired by Destiny Udodge, Mickey van der Penn, Christian Romero and Pedro Porro, and the goal was guarded by Guglielmo Vicario.
In the first half, Tottenham showed an overwhelming performance and aimed for a gap in Luton Town. Tottenham continued to tap Luton Town’s goal with Hishalisson, Medicine, and Kulusevski at the center of Son Heung-min. However, the shot turned away from the goal or was blocked by the goalkeeper’s defense, so he swallowed the regret. 스포츠토토
Son Heung-min showed sharpness in front. In the 7th minute of the first half, Son Heung-min handed the pass from the back to the prisoner with a one-touch, and after receiving the pass again, he stabbed the killer pass. However, the prisoner’s shot went off the goal and swallowed the regret.
He attempted to score goals in three consecutive games. In the 10th minute of the first half, Son Heung-min attempted to kick with his left foot in front of the arc with the defense in front of him, but slightly missed the goal. He also fired a shot in the 17th minute of the first half, but the goalkeeper caught it. He also played defense faithfully. When Son Heung-min lost the ball in the midfield in the 23rd minute of the first half, he immediately started recovery. He later stole the ball with a tackle and succeeded in defending.
Variables occurred in the situation where Tottenham continued to lead the attack. In the extra time of the first half, Bissouma was sent off after receiving two warnings. In the end, Tottenham ended up fighting in the second half with 10 people. The plan had to be twisted. Coach Enje Postecoglou pulled out Hisalisson at the start of the second half and put Pierre-Emile Hoibier in.
Tottenham scored the first goal despite being outnumbered. During the corner kick attack in the 7th minute of the second half, Van der Penn finished with his left foot in the gate and shook the net. Since then, he has started to protect it. In the 31st minute of the second half, Tottenham added Emerson and Oliver Skipp, excluding Son Heung-min and Medicine. In the end, Tottenham secured one goal and won a new 1-0 victory.
Son Heung-min, who played about 76 minutes, recorded 31 ball touches, 90% pass success rate, 2 shots (one effective shot), 2 key passes, 1 critical opportunity creation, 5 ground competitions (three successful), and 2 fouls. Based on the soccer statistics media “Sopa Score”, Son Heung-min received 7.3 points and was rated the 6th highest in the team.
Son Heung-min overcame injury concerns and performed his role 100%. Son Heung-min was not in perfect shape ahead of the game. That’s why he couldn’t play full time from the last match against Arsenal to the match against Liverpool.
Fortunately, Son Heung-min trained and prepared for the game. Ahead of the match, Postecoglou said, “Son Heung-min trained for two days and there was no problem,” adding, “As important to Son Heung-min Tottenham, he is also valuable to the national team.”It’s not my area to instruct the national team coach to do something. “I was also in the opposite side’s position. When I was the coach of the (Australian) national team, I managed it because I knew players had to return to their teams.”
“I believe Son Heung-min and Klinsmann will manage through this process. What needs to be done is not too dramatic. Son Heung-min is the best judge in this situation, and he has never missed a game and has contributed greatly for the team, he added.
From Postecoglou’s point of view, it was difficult to exclude Son Heung-min as a starter. In the end, Son Heung-min was also placed at the front line against Luton Town. The problem is that a variable occurred when Bissouma was sent off. As a result, it is highly likely that there have been some changes in the use of replacement cards. In the end, Son played about 76 minutes before sitting on the bench.
The Luton Town match was played without difficulty, but the upcoming October A match schedule could come as a burden to Son Heung-min. The South Korean national soccer team, led by coach Jurgen Klinsmann, will be convened at Paju NFC from the 9th to conduct training. South Korea will play a warm-up match against Tunisia at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on the 13th and face Vietnam at the Suwon World Cup Stadium on the 17th.
Son Heung-min, who will fly to Korea immediately, is likely to face Tunisia in a situation where he has not properly adjusted to the time difference. However, it is difficult to exclude Son Heung-min. This is because Klinsmann is set to play the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Qatar Asian Cup in January. The only time to work together before the competition is actually these two matches and November A match. In the end, like Postecoglou, Klinsmann will have to give Son Heung-min appropriate time to adjust his condition.