Tottenham winger Son Heung-min has revealed how his relationship with Harry Kane off the pitch is helping their deadly form on it.
Son and Kane combined again on Monday night to help Spurs edge past Burnley 1-0 at Turf Moor.
The South Korean’s header, supplied by Kane’s flick-on, was the ninth goal this season for which the pair have combined.
More remarkably, however, Son and Kane have now set up each other for 29 Premier League goals. Indeed, only Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard have combined for more (36).
Speaking to TEAMtalk at an Amazon Prime event, Son explained the deep understanding between the pair.
“We get along really well and live close to each other,” the 28-year-old said. “Sometimes we come to the training ground together and I have always got on very well with him.
“We have a really strong relationship off the pitch and we understand each other so well on the pitch. We have put a lot of effort into building this relationship because these things need time.”
Son added that, as well as being good friends, communication has proven key in their partnership.
“It is not just working on the training pitch, but also talking about situations in matches and that is why we know how to get the best out of each other now,” the forward added.
“We have been together for a long time now. We have been working together for over five years. Practice makes perfect and speaking is just as important as working on the training pitch.”
Indeed, Son and Kane’s relationship dates back to when former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino was at the helm.
The current incumbent in the dugout, Jose Mourinho, has admitted that he cannot take full credit for their form.
Pochettino deserves credit
“I think it’s an understanding that comes from Mauricio’s time,” the manager told Sky Sports.
“I don’t want all the credit for myself, let’s share it with Mauricio, because they played together for quite a long time, probably in a different way.
“Now, Harry is probably not always the No 9 because he gets into some areas that allow Son to also get into different areas.
“What pleases me most is not that they are two top players but close friends. There is no jealousy.
“I play for you, you play for me, we both play for the team, we both play for Tottenham. So, credit to them, two great boys.”
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