Antonio Conte revealed which two Wolves players gave him a fright, and named the best trait of Tottenham record breaker, Harry Kane.
Tottenham continued their unbeaten start to the season with a hard-fought 1-0 victory at home to Wolves. The visitors frustrated Spurs at every turn in the first half, though lacked a focal point that ensured Hugo Lloris was rarely troubled.
Tottenham upped the tempo after the break and found the breakthrough after the hour mark through Harry Kane.
Son Heung-min’s under-hit corner was rescued by Ivan Perisic. The Croatian darted towards the near post and flicked on for Kane to head home from close range at the far post. The finish was simple, but it owed much to Kane’s excellent movement that left his marker clutching at thin air.
Wolves pushed for an equaliser, but it wasn’t to be as Spurs ascended to the top of the table until the conclusion of Arsenal’s tea-time kick-off against Bournemouth at least.
Speaking to BT Sport after the match, Conte hailed Spurs’ dogged display after claiming two Wolves players combine to give them one of the “best midfields” in England.
“The performance at the end was good after considering everything,” said Conte.
“First of all the [quality] of the opponent, because Wolverhampton in the last week signed two important players (Matheus Nunes and Goncalo Guedes – who both started).
“If you see their starting eleven today you have to be a bit scared because Wolves with [Ruben] Neves and Nunes have one of the best midfields in the Premier League.
“In the first half we struggled a bit, but in the second half we deserved to win. We created many chances to score.
“Don’t forget last season against the three teams we’ve played (Southampton, Chelsea and Wolves), we lost. Now we’ve got seven points.”
Conte reveals what pleases him most about Kane
Harry Kane’s goal saw him set the new record for most Premier League goals with a single club. He had been tied with Man City’s Sergio Aguero (184), though now stands alone with 185 for Tottenham.
His goal also moved him into sole possession of fourth place in the all-time Premier League scorers chart. Only Andy Cole (187), Wayne Rooney (208) and Alan Shearer (260) lay ahead.
On his record-breaking talisman, Conte added: “I know very well that Harry would like to exchange this achievement for a trophy.
“He’s working for this, we’re working for this, to bring the team to another level and to not only have personal achievements.
“We’re talking about a world class striker, but what makes me happy is his total involvement with his team-mates. He works a lot for the team and for this reason, I’m really pleased to be his coach.”
Kane the record breaker
Tottenham matchwinner Kane also spoke to the press, telling BT Sport: “Credit to Wolves, they made it difficult.
“In the second half we came out with intensity. We created chances and pressed better, we deserved the goal. We didn’t create too many chances after that but neither did they.”
On breaking the record, Kane added: “It’s been a fantastic nine or 10 years in the Premier League. Hopefully many more years to go. I always love scoring.
“The most important thing is winning games. Credit to the boys, they dug deep. We need to start games better. We need to improve. But the sign of a good team is winning when you don’t play at your best.”