Tottenham 6-2 Leicester: Heung-min Son ends drought with second half hat-trick | Soccer Information
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 aim had seen Antonio Conte’s facet 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 facet 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. “Right this moment the rotation was for Son, however within the subsequent spherical when we’ve 12 video games in a row, different gamers will likely be concerned. If you wish to play huge video games within the Premier League and Champions League, they should 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 adjustments from the midweek loss at Sporting Lisbon. Davison Sanchez, Clement Lenglet, Ryan Sessegnon and Dejan Kulusevski earned remembers.
- Leicester made three adjustments 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 attainable begin to preserving their unbeaten home begin, with Davinson Sanchez’s useless, 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 provide the guests the lead.
Spurs weren’t behind for lengthy, Kane’s fourth headed, and sixth aim 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 way 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 vogue when Maddison hooked Timothy Castagne’s cross over the Spurs goalkeeper into the far nook.
Tottenham and Leicester might have gone in forward on the break. Ward tipped Sanchez’s header onto the bar earlier than Maddison’s low drive compelled 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 aim 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 provide Spurs the respiration 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 file at this stage of a marketing campaign, degree with 2016-17 once 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 house recreation for the primary time since their 9-1 win over Wigan Athletic in November 2009.
- Tottenham have scored extra headed targets than some other facet 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 essential to grasp that if you play lots of video games in a row, gamers might be drained bodily and mentally.
“Gamers do not suppose this, they suppose they can play each recreation however, on the identical 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 should 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 appropriate path for us. Right this moment the rotation was for Son, however within the subsequent spherical when we’ve 12 video games in a row, different gamers will likely be concerned.”
Rodgers takes accountability as stress mounts
Leicester supervisor Brendan Rodgers: “I are available each day and see the gamers coaching with confidence, however it’s a must to win video games. I completely perceive the frustration of supporters. I can not cover from that, it’s my accountability.
“No matter occurs I’ll have an enormous quantity of respect for them (the house owners) as a result of they’ve given me nice help since I’ve been right here.
I perceive the sport, I perceive soccer. Right this moment the scoreline did not replicate the sport, however the backside line is we’ve had a heavy defeat and we should 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 in its place, 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 Night time Soccer on October 3 at 8pm – reside on Sky Sports activities Premier League.