Harry Kane (Bayern Munich), who reigned as Tottenham Hotspur’s frontline striker for 9 years from 2014 to this year, left for Germany.
Son Heung-min, who became the new captain, is leading Tottenham perfectly by filling the empty spot of his colleague.
Tottenham will face Chelsea in the 11th round of the 2023/24 Premier League season at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England, at 5 a.m. (Korean time) on the 7th.레모나토토 주소
This match, which is both a London derby and a rival derby, is a match between Tottenham, who is the sole leader (8 wins, 2 draws, 26 points) and Chelsea, who are in 11th place (3 wins, 3 draws, 4 losses, 12 points) and are experiencing ups and downs.
Coach Anzhi Postekoglou, who held a pre-game press conference at Tottenham’s training ground, Hotspur Way, on the 3rd, praised Son Heung-min, who is playing a significant role as captain ahead of the Chelsea match.
When a local reporter asked, “Son Heung-min was clearly the captain, and does the captaincy put him where he should be?” Postekoglou said, “I don’t know,” but added, “(Selecting him as captain) seems like the right choice. The timing is also good.” “It was good,” he said.
At the same time, he recalled his experience with the Australian national team, saying, “I want to say that at the team level and at the individual level. I have a long history with Son Heung-min. Although not directly, I have been aware of him all over the world for a long time.” The two faced each other twice as players and coaches during the 2015 Asian Cup in Australia. At that time, Korea finished second in the Asian Cup behind Australia, and Son Heung-min shed tears.
Postekoglou said: “I always like the way he leads the club and the national team, the way he talks to people and the way we work with him. I think he has all the qualities to be a great leader, whether as captain or as part of the leadership group. “I have no doubt that he has it,” he said, praising Son Heung-min’s leadership.
Son Heung-min has officially served as the national team captain under coach Paulo Bento since the 2018 Russia World Cup. He treated the young players warmly on the national team, helped them adapt quickly, and showed leadership on and off the field.
A unified team was created, and with Coach Bento’s consistent leadership philosophy, the national team came together as one, resulting in a great achievement of reaching the round of 16 for the second time in history at the 2022 Qatar World Cup. Despite suffering an orbital fracture just before the tournament, Son Heung-min achieved his long-cherished wish by playing in the entire game wearing a mask.
As time passes, in 2023, Son Heung-min continues to serve as captain in the newly launched Irgen Klinsmann, and in the summer, he became the new captain of Tottenham, where coach Postekoglou took over. A reshuffle of the captaincy was inevitable as players who previously served as captains, such as Hugo Lloris and Harry Kane, were classified as non-capacity resources ahead of the 2023/24 season and transferred to Bayern Munich.
Tottenham began changes by appointing Son Heung-min as the new captain on August 13th. Tottenham, who appointed Christian Romero and new recruit James Maddison as vice-captains, said, “Son Heung-min arrived from Bayer Leverkusen in Germany in the 2014/15 season. He inherited the captain’s armband from Hugo Lloris, who was appointed captain from the 2015/16 season. James Maddison and “Christian Romero has been appointed vice-captain.”
Postekoglou said that although there was Lloris’ situation, Kane’s departure was felt greatly. He said: “I think Kane’s departure left a big void both on and off the pitch. I feel Son Heung-min was a really good choice to fill that void. I knew he was leading in the right direction and he was a great addition to Maddison, Romero and other team-mates. “I know I’m receiving good support,” he said.
Son Heung-min’s performance as captain transformed him after experiencing ups and downs due to the aftermath of a sports hernia last season. Postekoglou added: “Son Heung-min had some physical issues last year, but I think he is in good form now and there is an added responsibility because he really enjoys playing football and wants to make an impact.”
Son Heung-min, who set a joint record with Kane for the most goals (43) in Premier League history, is cruising along with Tottenham without Kane.
Son Heung-min is cruising to joint second place in league scoring with 8 goals and 1 assist in 10 Premier League games this season, which he started as captain. Furthermore, he received the Premier League Player of the Month award last September and became a legend not only for Tottenham but also for the Premier League.