Without Heung-Min Son, Tottenham lost 0-2 to Chelsea… Conte’s first league defeat

Harry Kane being tackled by Cesar Aspilicueta


(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Choi Song-ah = Tottenham Hotspur recorded their first Premier League (EPL) loss under Antonio Conte’s manager, Son Heung-min (30), who continued missing.

Tottenham Hotspur lost 2-0 after conceding two goals in the second half of the 2021-2022 EPL Round 23 away match held at Stamford Bridge in London, England on the 24th (Korean time).

Tottenham Hotspur, who had been unbeaten in 9 matches (6 wins, 3 draws) in the Premier League after Nunu Ispiritu Santo resigned in early November last year due to sluggish results and took over as manager Conte, are put in 7th place (36 points) in the league. seated

Heung-Min Son, who has been away from work since the beginning of this month due to a leg muscle injury, did not return to this match.

In a press conference held prior to the away trip, coach Conte announced that he would be absent, saying, “Heung-Min Son can’t play yet. He will have to wait until the match A break ends.”

Son Heung-min, who played the first leg of the Carabao Cup (League Cup) semi-final against Chelsea on the 6th, complained of leg muscle pain from the next day and has not been able to play.

Lebanon on the 27th, and Syria on February 1st, it seems difficult to join the national team, which will play the 7th and 8th games of the Asian final qualifying round for the Qatar World Cup.

Chelsea's Hakim Ziyech's winning goal
Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech’s winning goal


In the absence of Son Heung-min, Tottenham, which featured Harry Kane and Stevan Bergwein as starting strikers, played the first half 0-0, and two minutes into the second half, Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech scored the opening goal.

Callum Hudson-Odoi dribbled from the left flank, approaching the penalty arc and sending the ball to the opposite side, and Ziyech received the ball from the right side of the penalty arc, and the ball pierced the left corner of the goal. The trajectory was so exquisite that even the goalkeeper could not use his hands.

Then, in the 10th minute of the second half, a free kick from the left flank of Mason Mount followed by a header from Chiago Silva gave Chelsea a run, but Tottenham could not make up for a single goal.

Chelsea are in third place, one point behind second-placed Liverpool (48 points), who overcame Crystal Palace 3-1 prior to this match, with 47 points after losing 4 matches (3 draws and 1 loss). The lead is Manchester City with 57 points.

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