Heung-Min Son scored a hattrick to help Tottenham produce one of the comfortable football results of the weekend in the Premier League. Son opened the scoring in the third minute before Dejan Kulusevski doubled their advantage in the 50th minute. The South Korean made it three in the 66th minute before completing his hattrick in the 71st minute. Hugo Lloris made eight saves to prevent the visitors from scoring.
Aston Villa: Martinez (6), Cash (6), Konsa (6), Mings (5), Digne (6), Luiz (6), McGinn (5), Ramsey (7), Coutinho (7), Ings (5), Watkins (5).
Subs: Buendia (6), Bailey (6), Young (5).
Tottenham: Lloris (8), Romero (8), Dier (7), Davies (7), Emerson Royal (7), Bentancur (7), Hojbjerg (8), Doherty (6), Kulusevski (9), Kane (9), Son (10).
Subs: Reguilon (7), Lucas (6), Bergwijn (6).
Man of the match: Heung-Min Son
Tottenham boss Antonio Conte: “It was a great win for us. Especially when you play a game after your rivals for a place in the Champions League – Wolverhampton, Manchester United, and Arsenal – have lost. At this moment you start to feel the blood. It is important at this moment not to fail. We are working a lot on the mentality and the players are giving me satisfaction. For sure, to see this improvement makes me proud. It gives me great satisfaction. At the same time, I know we have to work on this improvement. Because there are not only the tactical, technical and physical aspects but there is the mentality. There is a lot of space for improvement. But today they showed me they have improved this aspect.”
Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard: “First half, it was the best performance we’ve had together in the first 45 minutes. I can’t remember many times throughout my football career where I’ve actually been proud and so happy going off a pitch one-nil down. I thought we were aggressive. I thought we suffocated Tottenham. I thought we created enough chances to win more than one football match.”
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