Son calls Tottenham's calendar "madness" as he strives for Golden boot

Sat 14 May 2022 | 13:29

Son Heung-min has criticized Tottenham's Premier League calendar after playing on Thursday and then returning to action on Sunday.


Premier League

timetable is "madness," but Son Heung-min lamented his substitution against Arsenal as he chased the Golden Boot prize. 

On Thursday, Antonio Conte's team led Arsenal 3-0 thanks to a Harry Kane double and a goal from Son, who was replaced in the 72nd minute by Steven Bergwijn after adding to his outstanding score.

In the Premier League this season, Son has netted 21 non-penalty goals. Only Harry Kane has ever scored more goals for


in a single season in the competition, discounting penalties. 

Also, Liverpool's Mohamed Salah has scored more goals in the English top-flight this season than Son, with 22 goals, setting up a tight competition for the Golden Boot. 

The South Korean international expressed his disappointment at being taken off in his pursuit of the personal award but acknowledges why given the short changeover before facing Burnley on Sunday.

"To be honest looking at the schedule, it is madness," Son said. "We are playing Thursday night and Sunday with a really early kick-off.

"It is a really quick turnaround, we need to do everything to recover: good food, good sleep and get ready to go again.

"It would always be good to have a [later] kick-off [on Sunday], but if you win the early kick-off it is always good. It feels like you wake up and you go to play the game.

"Especially Thursday to Sunday is a really quick turnaround. But this is the schedule, we can't change it and we need to be ready for every situation which we will do.

"I will try my best to sleep. But if I struggle what can I do? If I am struggling I still have to try my best to recover. For me sleep is one of the most important things to recover and I’ll do my best."

Son is more concerned with the team's performance since Tottenham are one point behind fourth-placed Arsenal with two matches remaining. 

"I am always not happy at coming off because I want to be on the pitch because I love playing football and I want to help the team," he added.

"I can understand afterwards but at the moment you are not angry but frustrated because you are passionate on the pitch. I can understand why because we have a really quick game on Sunday.

"I can't promise I will score but I will do my best and I will do my best for the team and if I don't score I will do my best.

"[The Golden Boot] would be nice but for us it is important for us to finish in the top four. Against Arsenal, performance-wise it was fantastic and I am very proud for the lads and well deserved.

"Obviously it’s a good thing that you are racing for the Golden Boot, but I have said a few times that it is important to finish in the top four than anything else.

"So 100 percent I would be happy [if we qualify but I don’t score]."

The Lilywhites' biggest league win against arch rivals Arsenal since April 1983 (5-0) was orchestrated by Conte, and Son was ready to praise the Italian boss.

"He has been fantastic, some of the players have already spoken about this," Son continued. "Before he arrived we couldn't believe we could arrive in the

Champions League


"What he brought to the club was incredible, the passion, the energy, the positivity. Look, he has brought so many things. It is only 10 more days left, we have to give what we can, we have to squeeze all that we have.

"It has been really tough, especially in the Premier League because everyone is playing for the title and the top four and every game is really tough.

"When you qualify it is really tough but the way to qualify is really tough. The last two games we just want to make sure we qualify for the Champions League."


source: SportMob

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