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Antonio Conte reveals how ‘really world class’ Heung-min Son has impressed since working with him

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    Antonio Conte
    Italian association football player and manager

Antonio Conte says “world class” Heung-min Son has the drive and quality to help Tottenham return to the top.

Son is back on a hot streak and has scored in his last three appearances, including in Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Liverpool.

Conte says he never realised Son’s quality until he starting working with the South Korean forward.

“We are talking about a really world class player,” Conte said ahead of Sunday’s visit of West Ham.

“I have seen him before becoming manager of Tottenham, but only on TV. He impressed me a lot.

“But when you have the possibility to train him and become his coach, you can see really the quality of this player.

“It’s fantastic because he has quality but also runs, [adds] intensity and resilience also.

“I think that Sonny is a top player. Not a good player – a top player. For sure I try to improve him, to help him, but we are talking about a player that is now already at an important level.

“He has to continue in this way and have this anger, this desire, because we need to have players with ambition. If you have ambition it means you are never happy about your performance.

“You want always more, more, more and we need these players to improve the level of Tottenham. Sonny is one of these players.”

Spurs returned to action for the first time in two weeks with a hugely encouraging display against Jurgen Klopp’s side, underlining Conte’s impact since taking the job at the start of November.

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The head coach is happy with Spurs’ improvement but says there is still work to do in order to be competitive this season.

“If you want to give an identity to your team, you have to work,” he said.

“You have to work a lot. You can see very well in my one month and a half, I had the whole squad only for maybe two, three weeks where we played.

“I’m trying to exploit every minute that I have to work in many aspects with the players. This team has to improve the level and the physical aspect and the tactical aspect if you want to try to be competitive in this season.

“I know very well it’s not easy when you come into the season and you didn’t start the season.

“When you start the season you have three or four weeks of time to prepare your team but I’m enjoying working with these players because they are showing me great energy and will and desire to improve every aspect.

“We are doing this. I have seen the stats. Our stats are improving a lot.”

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