Tottenham manager Antonio Conte claimed his team set a precedent with their 4-0 thrashing of Leeds, in which Harry Kane and Son Heung-min made Premier League history.
When Kane superbly assisted Son’s late strike, the two connected for the 37th time, going ahead of Chelsea’s Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba.
It was a fitting conclusion to Antonio Conte ‘s side’s sweeping victory, which began with three goals in the first 27 minutes from Matt Doherty, Dejan Kulusevski, and Kane.
Spurs’ response to Conte’s midweek diatribe, in which the Italian put doubt on his future after a 1-0 loss at Burnley by claiming he wasn’t “good enough” to fix his side’s problems, was excellent, and the manager wants this to remain the standard.
“This is the first time I’ve seen my stamp on this system, creating with the wing-back and the other wing-back to score.” He explained, “This is a mark of my system, my formation.”
“This is the first time I’ve ever done something like this. It indicates that the work has begun.
“It was a good effort for us in a challenging stadium against a powerful, difficult-to-play-against squad.”
“I believe we’ve done a fantastic job over the last four months because a lot has changed at the club, at the training field, and with the players.”
“However, I am a guy who demands a lot of himself because if you want to be competitive and win, you have to demand a lot of yourself to better players in many ways.”
“I use soft words sometimes and forceful words other times, but I always have one goal in mind: to develop, to improve in various ways.”
“I believe this group of players shows me incredible devotion on a daily basis, but they recognize that this is insufficient.
“We need to keep improving in many areas.” In every zone of the pitch today, I saw incredible desire, great compactness, and great resolve to battle together. For us, this has to be a beginning point, not just an episodic game.”
Kane was the orchestrator of Tottenham’s performance, scoring a stunning first-half goal and then setting up Son with a superb ball.
The England captain’s performance, according to Conte, was “amazing” and a source of motivation for his teammates.
“With the ball, Harry’s performance today was outstanding,” he stated. “However, I’d like to emphasize without the ball.” I’ve seen him run and follow the defenders to tackle and win the ball on numerous occasions.
“Having your greatest player do something on the field sets a fantastic example for the rest of the team.”
The result pushed Leeds closer to relegation, and attention has now turned to Marcelo Bielsa’s future.
They’ve given up 20 goals in their last five games, including 14 in their last three, and their defense appears to be in disarray.
When asked if he thought he could stop the slide, Bielsa said “of course,” and that his teammates still believe in him.
“Of sure, the issue is serious,” he added, “and no club (that) suffers consecutive defeats maintains faith in the coach.” “However, when I consider the work they are putting in, I am entirely confident in what the squad is trying to do; they are giving it their best.”
“This isn’t a debate between the team and myself.” We need to impose what we’re trying to achieve, and we’re not succeeding.
“It’s not an excuse in any way because the team’s performance continues to show that it’s not stable.”
“The number of goals we’ve conceded has a significant impact on the outcome.” No team can continue to advance in the competition if they have a defensive deficit as severe as ours.
“It’s not only about how we defend; it’s about how the team as a whole functions.”
“We concede goals when I use an offensive profile, and we concede goals when I use a defensive profile.”
Kane and Son: The Premier League’s Best Duo
Tottenham duo Harry Kane and Son Heung-min made Premier League history on Saturday, as their side defeated Leeds United 4-0.
Antonio Conte’s side led 3-0 inside 30 minutes as they ran wild at Elland Road, with Kane scoring his 174th Premier League goal with a controlled finish to make it 3-0.
The Whites avoided additional damage until five minutes from time, when Son scored Tottenham’s fourth goal of the afternoon thanks to a superb long-range assist from Kane.
After settling in quickly in north London following his August 2015 move from Bayer Leverkusen, Son now has 80 Premier League goals and 44 assists for Tottenham.
Kane has assisted nearly half of the South Korean international’s Premier League goals – and the England captain’s pass to his strike partner on Saturday must definitely rank among the greatest.
Kane’s brilliant assist made it 37 goals in the Premier League for him and Son, breaking the old record of 36 set by Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard for Chelsea.
Watch Harry Kane’s incredible pass to Son Heung-min as the two make Premier League history against Leeds