Having had a rough beginning to the 2019/20 campaign, Tottenham Hotspur have been landed another blow as they failed with their appeal to rescind Heung-min Son’s red card, which he got in their 2-0 defeat to London rivals Chelsea in December. For this special we teamed up with John McStone, writer for FootballPredictions.com a website specialized in football predictions and tips. To find out more of their work take a look at this page.
The 27-year-old winger was shown the red card after a VAR review that made everyone see that he kicked the Blues centre-back Antonio Ridiger during the match.
The South Korean has now been confirmed that he will be on the sidelines for the next three matches for his violent conduct, ruling him out of the club’s league games against Brighton, Norwich City, and Southampton.
Many were not pleased with how the key player was sent off with Spurs boss Jose Mourinho, who recently became their manager in November, told Rudiger to ‘stand up and play the man’ following the defender’s reaction to the kick.
Mourinho claims that the German defender overreacting play should be the one to focus on rather than Son, who was shown the red card.
Speaking at the Post-match conference, Jose Mourinho said: “I hope the Premier League is still the Premier League and will always be the Premier League and I think the focus should be on Antonio Rudiger and not on Son.
“I’m not speaking about the racism incident, this is another thing. I am speaking about that incident, the red card.
“In the Premier League, I love there is no space also for what Rudiger did. Stand up and play man. This is the Premier League.
“Come on, do you think Rudiger plays the next game or do you think he’s injured? I think he plays.
“And we speak about Son and don’t speak about him.”
With all that being said, that red card will be the third shown to Son in 2019 for his violent act, he was first sent off for pushing Jefferson Lemar in a game against AFC Bournemouth and also for a tackle that broke Andre Gomes’ ankle in November a tough game being highlighted as bet of the day on https://footballpredictions.com/bet-of-the-day/.
In other news, the Spurs have been reported to have locked horns against London rivals Arsenal in the bid to seeing who sign RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano.
The centre-back has been in an impressive form for the German club this season, having made 19 appearances in all competitions as the club continues to challenge for the Bundesliga title of which he has been a key player.
The report coming from Express, claims that the German side has placed an asking price worth £50 million on their prolific defender and Spurs were claimed to be willing to meet the demands of the club, but will be facing a huge competition from their long-term rivals Arsenal.
The report further claims that Premier League defenders Manchester City are also showing interest as they are in need of a centre-back due to the several injuries they have succumbed to this season. Tottenham has been able to secure Toby Alderweireld to a contract extension while doubts have been expressed on the future of Jan Vertonghen and Juan Foyth.
Should Spurs fail to sign Upamecano this winter transfer window, they will be getting a first-class seat to watching the 21-year-old defender play against them in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 in February.