Conte gets a step closer to the Champions League with Son and Kane

conte gets a step closer to the champions league
conte gets a step closer to the champions league

Tottenham ascended to fifth position in the Premier League with a 3-1 win against West Ham. Son Heung-min and Harry Kane put on a show in the derby.

After causing the havoc that led in an early Kurt Zouma own goal, the pair teamed up once more as Kane’s ball set up Son to put the hosts two goals up.

West Ham got back into the game thanks to Said Benrahma, but David Moyes’ side couldn’t find a leveller, and Son finished them off in the 88th minute.

Spurs have now won four of their last five Premier League games, putting them ahead of West Ham and Manchester United, albeit they are still three points behind fourth-placed Arsenal. Spurs have two of the finest in Kane and Son, and they have the potential to lift Antonio Conte’s squad into the Champions League.

After Kane tried to pick up Son, Zouma turned the ball past Lukasz Fabianski in the ninth minute to give Tottenham the lead. Son should have made it 2-0 soon after, but his shot went wide.

Son didn’t make the same mistake the second time around, scoring following a lovely throughball from Kane, the striker’s ferocious left-footed drive taking a telling deflection off Zouma on its way in.

After Craig Dawson headed on Aaron Cresswell’s left-wing corner, Benrahma volleyed West Ham back into it in the 35th minute.

Early in the second half, Fabianski saved a Kane attempt before Dejan Kulusevski curled a strike too high as Tottenham pushed for a third, which arrived when Kane and Son eventually linked again.

Hugo Lloris sent the ball long for Kane to flip on for Son, who sprinted past the West Ham defence and smashed the ball past Fabianski with joy.

What does this imply? The spotlight is on a duo.

Tottenham had lost both of their previous Premier League meetings with West Ham, both of which took place at the London Stadium. This has been mostly a one-sided rivalry at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with Tottenham having lost just two of their past 20 Premier League home games against Sunday’s visitors (W11 D7).

Spurs were at their best in recent memory, with the Kane-Son partnership flourishing and Conte’s side on the rise. At full time, the head coach’s fist pump said it all. He understands that this was a huge win for West Ham, who were a shell of their former selves after their spectacular midweek triumph against Sevilla. Given the six-point deficit to Arsenal, the Hammers’ Champions League aspirations may be ended.

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