Antonio Conte has defended Son Heung-min after the Tottenham forward’s confidence was questioned following Saturday’s defeat to Manchester United.

Spurs lost 3-2 at Old Trafford despite dragging themselves back into the game twice. Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick ultimately cancelled out Harry Kane’s penalty and a Harry Maguire own goal.

The away side were on top for periods of the game but struggled for fluidity in the final third at times, with Son failing to make a significant impact – though he was involved in the build-up to the second equaliser.

The South Korean lost his footing on a couple of occasions when it looked as if he was about make something happen, and he missed a decent opportunity to score in the second half.

But Conte was eager to defend Son after the game when a journalist asked whether the 29-year-old is currently lacking confidence in the final third.

“It’s difficult to speak about single players because in the last game against Everton he was devastating,” Conte said (via Football London).

“I think that we win with the whole team and we lose with the whole team. For sure we have players that for us that are very important.

“There are a couple of players that are very, very important to us and we need to always have good performances but Sonny and I think he played a good game to give everything tonight.

“Then there are games that everything goes well and others where you can slip. Tonight, he slipped twice! He slipped twice and it was a pity because it was in two important situations where you can go towards the goal.

“Sonny is a really important player for us and he’s a player that can make a difference for Tottenham.”

Our take? Son is having a strange season, often scoring when he doesn’t play well and sometimes finding himself unrewarded after good performances. The hope is that he can become more consistent in general under Conte as the squad continues to be strengthened going into next season.



  1. I notice that Son starts to falter since some weeks especially against Middlesbrough
    He makes several mistakes for some games but big problem who takes his place as Spurd has only one striker

  2. Mentality is the key word you have to believe you are better than the opposition before the game and never give up unfortunately spurs are weak and don’t have real leadership in dressing room before the game and at half time to give the younger players confidence so they start every game thinking we can win and even if we concede first then we still believe we will equalise especially if you look at Real Madrid against PSG that is how mentally a team reacts to going behind

    • I somewhat agree, but I think we do have leaders. The players have to be able to follow the leaders too. I agree we sometimes walk into games where we might already feel inferior. I hope Conte can shore up those issues.

  3. Son could have had a better game, but like most things gone wrong this year, he was not the issue in this game. We have a mentality issue against any big side. Our stars should know better, they are international stars on their own national teams, but when back in the blue and white, we can’t do it.


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