Devastated Son confident of Tottenham's chances
London: Son Heung-min is devastated to miss the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg against Ajax Amsterdam but the Korea Republic striker is confident Tottenham Hotspur will thrive despite his absence.
Son played a starring role in Tottenham's triumph on away goals against Manchester City in the quarter-finals, scoring three of his team's goals as the London club made the last four of Europe's premier club tournament.
Unfortunately for Son, he picked up a yellow card for a foul on Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne in the 4-3 defeat in the return leg and since it was his third booking of the competition, he will miss the first leg of the semi-final on Tuesday.
“I’m so disappointed. I’ll probably be more nervous watching in the stands than when I play," Son told British media. "But I trust my team, I trust my players and I trust this stadium, so I’m not worried about it.
"Saturday [Premier League tie against West Ham] is more important for me, so I’ll give everything for my team to get three points. And then the Champions League is next."
“I want to play every single game. I enjoy my football and, of course, I want to play the semi-final. It’s the first for this team and myself.
"As I said, I’m very sad but I am looking forward to watching this unbelievable game in our stadium. I hope I’m going to enjoy it.”
The three goals against Manchester City took Son's UEFA Champions League tally to 12, the most by any Asian player, and he will be aiming to add to his haul in the return leg against Ajax and, hopefully, in the final as well against either Barcelona or Liverpool.