Tottenham boss Antonio Conte explains why he benched Heung-min Son

Antonio has explained why he benched Heung-min Son for Tottenham’s win over Leicester.

Tottenham faced off with Leicester City in Saturday’s late Premier League kick-off.

Spurs were expected to win the tie vs bottom of the table Leicester and did so fairly comfortably in the end.

The star of the show was Heung-min Son, who came off the bench in the second 45 to score a hat-trick, ending his goal drought.

After Son’s superb cameo, Conte joked that players will ask to start on the bench now:

“For sure, to see Sonny with the hat-trick ball and the man of the match trophy was great and amazing for me and his teammates,” Conte told reporters.

“We needed this, not only Sonny. I’m happy and I repeat: this is not a problem. If we stop the problem in this way, we have to play like this in the future.

“Because all the players will want to come off the bench because they think they’ll score three goals - I’m joking, of course.”

The Italian then provided an insight into why Son was benched on Saturday:

“With Richarlison, and Son, [Harry] Kane, Deki [Kulusevski], Lucas [Moura] and [Bryan] Gil, who is a good prospect, we have good options,” he said.

“Richarlison was on the bench, then Deki, Son today and after the international break we have 12 games in a row and I will make rotations.

“The only think I ask of the players is not to drop the level. We need always a strong team and to fight for every competition.”

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