Tottenham 6-2 Leicester: Substitute Son Heung-min scores a HAT-TRICK in just 14 minutes

Son Heung-min came off the bench to score a sensational hat-trick as Tottenham won 6-2 against struggling Leicester.

Letting Heung-min Son go is a bit like shooting Bambi. It really shouldn’t happen and when it does, it feels all wrong.

And yet Antonio Conte is like the cold-hearted hunter with a trophy in his sights. Son wasn’t cutting it and he paid the price. And then redemption: Son came on and on 13 minutes scored a remarkable hat-trick of stunning strikes to win a game that was still in the balance and suddenly all was right with the world .

Except Conte was in no mood for regrets, explanations or fairy tales. That’s how it is, he explained, at the new Spurs. get used to it

Son Heung-min came off the bench to score a sensational hat-trick as Tottenham won 6-2 against struggling Leicester.

The forward completed his hat-trick with a composed finish that was initially ruled out for offside before a VAR check.

The forward completed his hat-trick with a composed finish that was initially ruled out for offside before a VAR check.

Son's first two goals were stunning strikes from outside the box as he silenced anyone who has doubted him recently.

Son’s first two goals were stunning strikes from outside the box as he silenced anyone who has doubted him recently.

MATCH DATA AND PLAYER SCORES

Tottenham (3-5-2): Lori 7; Sánchez 5 (Romero 59 7), Dier 6.5, Lenglet 7; Perisic 6 (Emerson 55 7), Bentancur 8, Hojbjerg 8, Sessegnon 6; Kulusevski 8.5 (Bissouma 76 7), Kane 8, Richarlison 7 (Son, 59, 9)

Subs: Forster, Doherty, Skipp, Gil, Tanganga

Reserved: Perisic

Leicester City (4-3-3): Room 4; Castagne 6, Evans 5, Faes, 6, Justin 5; Tielemans 5, Ndidi 5 (Soumare 85), Dewsbury Hall 5 (Iheanacho 74, 6); Maddison 8, Daka, 5 (Vardy 74, 6), Barnes 5

Substitutions: Iversen, Albrighton, Pérez, Amartey, Preat, Thomas

Booked: Ndidi, Dhaka

Referee: Simon Hooper 6

He added that he was happy for Sonny, but the overall message was devoid of sentimentality. “I want this team to think at a higher level,” he said. ‘Don’t think in the middle, that I play every game at Tottenham. If you think like that, you won’t fight for something important. They have to understand that.

“If you want to stay in a team with ambition, you have to accept this. I don’t care what happened in the past. I have my own idea. My story speaks very clearly in every situation, I worked there, we had a trophy so maybe my idea should be credited. I go with my idea, my thoughts, my way. I do not accept commitment. It should be very clear: follow my path. I know I will do something important for the club.”

clear enough? This is not intended to be a team that comes close. Tottenham are really thinking about winning real trophies. And having someone like Son to come off the bench can be a clear sign that they are going in that direction.

Still, if you wanted a team to play against to break your goalscoring duck, Leicester City would probably be your first choice these days. When Son came on in the 59th minute with Tottenham 3-2 up, you suspected his run of unfortunate form might be coming to a swift end.

Leicester, bottom of the table by a point, had already shown the kind of defense that would have given hope to your average Sunday League striker, let alone a player of Son’s quality. Indeed, I would find them in a generous mood.

So when Rodrigo Bentancur, excellent here, stole possession and flicked a tantalizing ball into Son’s path in the 74th minute, you didn’t have to be a divine mystic to guess what was coming.

Son left in that sprint he does while Jonny Evans and Wout Faes retired in disarray. As he approached the penalty area, he sized up his options and took the right wing, sending his shot wide, dipping. Poor Danny Ward didn’t stand a chance.

Youri Tielemans put Leicester 1-0 up when he slotted his penalty home after Hugo Lloris was off his line as he saved the opener.

Youri Tielemans put Leicester 1-0 up when he slotted his penalty home after Hugo Lloris was off his line as he saved the opener.

Tottenham equalized just two minutes later when Harry Kane headed in at the back post, his 20th career goal against Leicester.

Tottenham equalized just two minutes later when Harry Kane headed in at the back post, his 20th career goal against Leicester.

The Foxes woes from set pieces continued as Eric Dier fired his header from a corner past Danny Ward to put Spurs in front.

The Foxes woes from set pieces continued as Eric Dier fired his header from a corner past Danny Ward to put Spurs in front.

But the struggling visitors drew level again before half-time thanks to James Maddison's perfectly executed first half.

But the struggling visitors drew level again before half-time thanks to James Maddison’s perfectly executed first half.

The stadium almost took off, such was the roar of relief. Son stood up and took it all in for a second before being surrounded by teammates. There was a reason he was so cool. Of course, he had only just begun.

In the 85th minute, Harry Kane played it in and from outside the area curled his second into the opposite corner, another impressive strike. In the 87th minute, Pierre Emile Hojbjerg played him in and Son stepped forward and hit the ball past Ward hard enough to see it hit the net despite the keeper’s touch.

The twist came when an offside flag was raised. Cue boos This was not the script we needed. Sure enough, the director wasn’t having it. The VAR saw sense and the hat-trick stood. It took 13 minutes to dismantle Leicester and remind the world of their class.

Leicester played well at times, notably in James Maddison’s lovely 42-run draw for 2-2, a sumptuous finish to a Timothy Castagne cross.

Rodrigo Bentancur scored his first goal for Tottenham to put the hosts in front just two minutes into the second half.

Rodrigo Bentancur scored his first goal for Tottenham to put the hosts in front just two minutes into the second half.

Then came the game-changing moment when the out-of-form Son Heung-min replaced Richarlison just before the hour mark.

Then came the game-changing moment when the out-of-form Son Heung-min replaced Richarlison just before the hour mark.

The South Korean had not scored in his last eight games but showed his undoubted quality with an extraordinary hat-trick

The South Korean had not scored in his last eight games but showed his undoubted quality with an extraordinary hat-trick

But to say Leicester are bad at defending set pieces is to understate their ineptitude. Better to say they look totally incapable of defending at set pieces.

Having gone ahead with a Youri Tielemans penalty in the 6th minute, following a calamitous series of errors by Davinson Sanchez which had culminated in him lunging at James Justin in the box, they conceded two minutes later in the Tottenham’s next corner.

It was a clever one-two between Dejan Kulusevski and Ivan Perisic that saw the Swede lift a cross at the back post where Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall allowed Harry Kane to latch on to the side of goal and head home .

The next corner came in the 22nd minute and this time, with Perisic providing the assist, it was Justin and Patson Daka in a tangle as Eric Dier rose to head home.

Before Maddison’s equaliser, another Kulusevski corner went straight in but was cleared by a Sanchez challenge on Ward. At this point if like any set piece conceded to Spurs it was the equivalent of a penalty.

Pressure continues to mount on Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers after the club's sixth successive defeat.

Pressure continues to mount on Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers after the club’s sixth successive defeat.

But for Son it was one of the highlights of his career as he took the ball home after the game.

But for Son it was one of the highlights of his career as he took the ball home after the game.

And by then the Leicester fans had started celebrating the corners they actually managed to defend and not concede. Brendan Rodgers says he can turn it around, but he spoke like a man who knows what’s coming.

“Whatever their decision is, I will always respect it,” he said. “I feel in the team you’ve seen, you can see the confidence in the team, the creativity in the team, the pressure in the team, it’s just eliminating the mistakes.

“The owners will do what they think they have to do. I’m not stupid, I know football. The last six games don’t make for great reading. But I have every confidence the team can push forward.”

But when irony is all fans have to cling to, times are truly desperate.

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