Tottenham beat promoted team Luton Town 1-0 in the eighth round of the 2023-2024 Premier League at Luton Kenilworth Road in England on the 7th (Korea Standard Time). Tottenham with six wins and two draws (20 points) led the Premier League by beating Manchester City (6 wins, 1 loss, 19 points), which played one less game, to second place.
Bissouma received a yellow card in the 38th minute of the first half and was warned again in the 49th minute of extra time. Eventually, Bissouma was sent off for accumulated warnings. Tottenham were in a inferior position with 10 players fighting throughout the second half.
James Maddison and Mickey van der Ben saved Tottenham. Mickey Van der Ben, who received a short pass from James Madison in the 6th minute of the second half, scored a golden winning goal. It was defender Van der Ben’s debut goal for Tottenham. He was also named the most valuable player. 안전놀이터
Son Heung-min, who started as a one-top player, played 76 minutes and replaced defender Emerson. Coach Angie Postecoglou never overpowered Son Heung-min even in a difficult situation where 10 people fought. He no longer excessively aimed for additional goals, but kept the victory by adding a defender instead of Son Heung-min. As a result, he didn’t overdo the ace.
Currently, Son is struggling with a groin injury. Before the match, Postecoglou said, “Son Heung-min is not 100%. “I talked to Son Heung-min yesterday, and he said he would play (against Luton Town) desperately.” Son Heung-min’s willingness to play is very strong, but his condition was not good enough for the coach to stop him from playing full time. Son Heung-min trained for the Tottenham team on the 5th, but had been absent from training until then.
Son Heung-min also started as a one-top in the match against Liverpool on the 1st and scored his sixth goal in the 36th minute of the first half. Son played for only 69 minutes and was replaced by Solomon. Son Heung-min, who scored multiple goals against Arsenal and played only 79 minutes, was replaced again. As such, Postecoglou is paying special attention to Son Heung-min’s physical condition.
Now, Son Heung-min is turning into the captain of the Korean national team. After completing his Premier League schedule, Son Heung-min will return home to convene an A-match. The national soccer team, led by coach Jurgen Klinsmann, will face Tunisia at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on October 13 and play Vietnam at the Suwon World Cup Stadium on the 17th. Coach Klinsmann naturally called in captain Son Heung-min again this time.
When asked by a local reporter, “Did you give Klinsmann a separate warning about Son Heung-min’s playing time?” Postecoglou replied, “I didn’t say much.” He meant that he would trust Klinsmann and leave it to him.
Son Heung-min already travels the most long distances in the world, and suffers from controversy over his overwork every year. On top of that, his competitive desire to play despite most minor injuries is causing concern. Will Klinsmann take care of Son Heung-min’s physical condition as carefully as Postecoglou. Or will he force Son Heung-min to play for his first A match home victory on his home turf.