Tottenham Hotspur forward Heung-Min Son says he feels responsible for manager Antonio Conte’s recent departure from the club.
Antonio Conte left Spurs by ‘mutual consent’ this week following the Italians’ remarkable rant after their last game. After surrendering a last minute equaliser to Southampton, Conte called the players ‘selfish’ and lambasted the club in general.
Heung-Min Son was the joint top-scorer in the Premier League last season with 23 goals. However, he’s only scored six goals this season as both he and the team have struggled to attack.
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“As a player, I am really sorry,” said Heung-Min Son. “He’s a world-class coach, and we had a great journey together,”
“I should have played better. I feel responsible for his departure, because I haven’t helped the club all that much.
“I’m grateful for what he’s done. He’s such a great coach and has so much experience. I will be rooting for him.”
Make no mistake, Antonio Conte is responsible for Antonio Conte getting fired. He always gets fired, he just had to be even more inflammatory to pull it off this time. All the same, it’s odd to hear Son say he feels responsible.
He didn’t look as if he was particularly enjoying playing for Conte. He likes to press high, win the ball back and get in behind teams. Conte’s style of play means Sons’ best qualities were somewhat neutralised.
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Spurs will hope Son can find form in the remaining ten games as their season comes down to qualifying for the Champions League.
Fabio Paratici, Tottenham’s managing director of football says Conte’s departure was right for the team.
“The club supported him a lot and everyone was close to each other but then we arrived at this mutual agreement.
“I think the decision we made was the right decision for everyone.
“Everyone has to be focused on the last part of the season.”