Son Heung-min ‘proud’ after South Korean bags 100th goal for Tottenham in 3-0 win over Leeds… but Spurs star APOLOGISES to ‘telepathic’ team-mate Harry Kane for not returning an assist
- Son Heung-min has spoken of his pride in reaching 100 goals for Tottenham
- The South Korean struck as Jose Mourinho’s side defeated Leeds United 3-0
- Son went on to apologise to Harry Kane for not returning an assist in the game
- Kane laid on his team-mate to make it 13 times they have combined this season
Son Heung-Min marked his hundredth Spurs goal with an apology to ‘telepathic’ bestie Harry Kane that he couldn’t return the assist.
Kane and Son became the most prolific partnership in Premier League history when the England skipper set up his team-mate with a precision cross after 43 minutes for Tottenham’s second goal in a 3-0 win.
It was the 13th time they had combined with each other to score this season – equalling the record in a single season set by Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton at Blackburn. And the Spurs duo still have 22 games left.
Son Heung-min has spoken of his pride in reaching a mammoth milestone for Tottenham
Son lived up to his unselfish image by heaping praise on others as he reached his century landmark.
‘I’m very happy and grateful to my team-mates who have always supported me,’ said the Korean star.
‘It’s not coming from me alone, I’ve needed a lot of help. To score 100 goals with one team is a big thing. I’m very proud.’
Kane had opened the scoring from the penalty spot with his 12th Premier League goal of the season but still stands two behind his partner.
The South Korean sensation bagged his 100th goal for the club in the 3-0 win over Leeds
Son apologised to team-mate Harry Kane for not returning an assist during the contest
‘It’s been six years together. We’ve worked hard for a long time,’ said Son about their relationship.
‘I’m a bit sad I couldn’t give an assist for him. The ball was perfect to me. Sometimes we talk about it, sometimes it’s telepathic, sometimes we’re talking about it.’
Jose Mourinho’s side went third having failed to win in their previous four league games and will be full of confidence for Tuesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final against Brentford despite having defender Matt Doherty sent off late on.
But while the Spurs boss is delighted with the contribution of his two main men, he would like others in the team to start scoring in order for Spurs to maintain their challenge at the top.
Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has called for more of his stars to get in on the goals this season
‘We could score more goals. We had good opportunities and not just from the traditional Sonny and Kane,’ he said.
‘(Pierre-Emile) Hjobjerg, Tanguy Ndombele, (Steven) Bergwijn, twice, had chances. That pleases me because I want to play with this dynamic.
‘The result was important. We didn’t play the last match (v Fulham, due to Covid). The run of results was not good so we needed these three points and we go up in the table.’
On Kane and Sonny, he added: ‘They have been very good players and played together for many years. That plus the way we want them to interact brings goals.
‘I want more goals especially from more players but today the second goal (from Son) is great. It was something we spoke about.’
Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa compared Saturday’s result with their 6-2 hammering at Man Utd
Toby Alderweireld completed the scoring for Spurs to leave Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa feeling like he did after a 6-2 thrashing at Old Trafford a fortnight ago, despite the visitors again having opportunities.
‘This game was comparable to the Manchester United one. In that sense we have improved, the margins weren’t so big,’ said Bielsa.
‘We created 10 chances but didn’t score. Our opponents created 12 and scored three. The fundamental difference was the efficiency.’
Leeds also made mistakes with a sloppy pass from goalkeeper Illan Mesier leading to one of the goals.
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