An ace who was ‘threatening’ even without scoring

Although he did not score, he showed an ace-like performance. This is the story of Son Heung-min (31), a striker for Tottenham Hotspur in the English professional football Premier League (EPL).

Tottenham played Manchester City in the 2022-2023 EPL Round 22 home game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England on the 6th (hereinafter Korean time) and won 1-0. Tottenham, who won that day, secured 5th place and closely pursued the 4th place, which is given the right to participate in the European Football Federation (UEFA) Champions League (UCL) next season.

The winning goal came from the tip of스포츠토토 Harry Kane (30). Kane stepped on the 200th EPL goal tally with the goal that day, congratulating himself not only on the team victory but also on his personal record. Although there was no attack point, Son Heung-min, who harassed the opponent’s defense from the side, deserves applause.

Tottenham chose a 3-4-3 tactic, and Son Heung-min scrambled with the left wing in the second ‘3’. At the same time as the start, he showed off his unique speed and brilliant breakthrough ability. In the 18th minute and 32nd minute of the second half, he made a threatening scene. However, he missed opportunities by not reaching his teammate’s feet or being blocked by the opposing goalkeeper’s save.

Full-time digestion was not possible due to variables. As defender Cristian Romero was sent off, Tottenham replaced a player in the attacking line to stabilize the defense. At this time, Son Heung-min was the one who left the ground. If it wasn’t for the exit variable, I could have digested it full-time, so the regret was doubled.

Local media praised Son Heung-min’s performance. Britain’s ‘Football London’ gave Son Heung-min a rating of 7 and said, “He seemed to have confidence. Son Heung-min continued to threaten Manchester City by running across the left flank and center.”

The key is to carry the momentum to the next game. On the 12th, he will complete the league schedule by visiting Leicester City. Leicester are currently in 14th place in the league. The feeling is not bad as he scored multiple goals in the FA Cup against Preston on the 29th of last month. I remember scoring a hat-trick in the first league game against Leicester last September. It is enough to expect the majesty of a world class that even scores.