eung-min Son offered a refreshing take on this season’s single schedule, saying Premier League players are “living the dream” and should take advantage of the relentless schedule.
Tottenham welcome Frankfurt to the Champions League on Wednesday amid a run of 13 games in 43 days between last month’s international break and the World Cup break in November.
Declan Rice is among the players to have criticized this season’s truncated schedule, with the West Ham midfielder calling the schedule “obscene”.
Spurs drew 0-0 with Frankfurt in Germany last week ahead of Saturday’s emotionally charged 1-0 win at Brighton, and speaking ahead of Wednesday’s match, Son said the players had no no right to complain.
“It’s hard to be honest, traveling and being away from home is not easy,” Son said. standard sports. “But we were born to do this and everyone dreams of it so we don’t have time to complain.
“When you think about, when you were a kid, what was your dream? Probably everyone is going to say to play in the Premier League. So we’re living the dream and we can never forget those times. I know there are times tired and it’s mentally and physically really, really difficult.
“But we were born to do this, we love to do this and we should enjoy it. And obviously the more you enjoy it, the more happiness will be here. I know these are difficult times but we should bring more happiness and it will be more enjoyable.”
Son added: “Everyone knows how important the game is. [on Wednesday] is. To be honest, we weren’t happy with the result in Frankfurt. It’s a very good point because an away point is always difficult in the Champions League and in any league game as well.
“But we had a chance to win the game, so everyone was really frustrated. We played two very difficult away games in the Champions League, so in the two home games [Frankfurt and Sporting Lisbon] we have to show that we are a very strong team like on Saturday. It’s a huge game.”
Spurs’ victory at the Amex came under emotional circumstances following the sudden death of manager Gian Piero Ventrone on Thursday.
Antonio Conte then revealed that his players were “devastated” by the loss of the fitness specialist, known as “Prof” at the club.
“It was really tough,” Son said. “Not just for me, but for everyone at the club because he was such a special man. Preparing for the game was incredibly difficult, but we did it for him and he’s probably up there watching. down and he will be very proud of us. I think he was the biggest fan for us on Saturday.”
Son posted on Instagram that Ventrone had helped him through “the most difficult times” and asked if he could reveal the advice the Italian had given him, he said: “Listen, I don’t want to share that with nobody because it’s just a special moment for me.
“He was there for me in the tough times, in the good times. We celebrated some amazing times and some of my achievements individually last season and some team achievements as well. He always kept me level and we had a very good relationship. It’s not for all the other people, it’s really very special to me. It hurts to talk about him.”