Coach Conte said, “I’d be happy if Son Heung-min became the top scorer…but Kane is the PK”

Kane’s food poisoning rumors “I don’t want to miss a match like this… I’ll play”

Son Heung-min (left) and Tottenham manager Antonio Conte

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(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Jang Bo-in = Tottenham manager Antonio Conte of the English Premier League (EPL) said that it would be difficult to set Son Heung-min (30), who is close to the top scorer, as a penalty kick kicker.

At a press conference held on the 20th (local time) ahead of the final game of the EPL season in 2021-2022, Conte said, “Our team’s penalty kicker is Harry Kane. If the opportunity comes, Kane should kick it.”

Tottenham will play their last regular league match against Norwich City on the 23rd at 00:00 Korean time.

Heung-Min Son, who placed second in the league in scoring with 21 goals (7 assists) this season, will also challenge the title of ‘the first EPL top scorer from Asia’ in this match.

It is just one goal behind the top scorer Mohammed Salah (Liverpool, 22 goals).

If Tottenham win a penalty in the match against Norwich City and Heung-Min Son succeeds as the kicker, it will be easier to become the top scorer.

But Conte said he had no intention of changing the kicker.

Tottenham’s penalty kicker is Kane, and Heung-Min Son’s 21 goals this season have not been scored from a penalty.

As the race for fourth place with Arsenal is not over, Tottenham should focus on the team’s victory.

Tottenham Hotspur, currently in fourth place (68 points, 21 wins, 5 draws and 11 losses), must record a draw or more in the last game to overtake Arsenal in fifth place (points 66, 21 wins, 3 draws and 13 losses).

Kane (left) and Son Heung-min
Kane (left) and Son Heung-min

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If Tottenham draw with Norwich City and Arsenal wins their opponents Everton, the points will be equal to 69, but Spurs (+24) are more likely to rank higher than Arsenal (+9) in goal difference.

In the EPL, the top 4 places in the league are given the right to participate in the next season’s UEFA Champions League (UCL).

Conte said, “I’m very happy with Son’s competition for the top scorer,” he said. “He deserves to be here, but we must not forget that the team’s goal is more important than the personal goal.

He said, “I’d be happy if I could satisfy both, but Heung-Min Son would think the same as me. He’s a good person and very smart.” But if I have to choose between the two, my answer is fixed. Son Heung-min will know the answer, too.”

Meanwhile, before the press conference that day, there were rumors that some of Tottenham’s squad, including Kane, had food poisoning.

Conte said: “The last four players had stomach problems against Burnley and the same thing happened to a few people this week. But we got through the situation.”

“The players available are the same as against Burnley,” said Conte, confident that Kane would appear.

“Last match, Dejan Kulusevski missed training because of this problem, but he played well. Kane doesn’t want to miss this kind of match. This match means a lot to everyone,” he said. .

boin@yna.co.kr

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