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Dejan Kulusevski makes scary Tottenham promise, if players keep listening to ‘fantastic coach’ Antonio Conte

Dejan Kulusevski, Cristian Romero Tottenham v Southampton

Dejan Kulusevski made a promise to get even better after his dazzling display helped Tottenham to an emphatic opening day win over Southampton in the Premier League.

The Swede had a goal and an assist as Antonio Conte’s men recovered from going a goal down early on to thump Saints 4-1 in north London, their biggest opening-day triumph since the 1980s under David Pleat.

Kulusevski crossed for Ryan Sessegnon to level the scores in the first half before rounding out an impressive victory with a curling strike in the second period.

The winger, on loan from Juventus, was handed a start as summer signing Richarlison was banned. And he showed Conte that dropping him would be a massive error after he tormented Southampton throughout.

And speaking after the game, Kulusevski told Spurs TV that there is more to come from him.

He said: “All my goals come from this area, or three or four metres back. I have to keep scoring these but also keep evolving my game and score different goals.

“The players that came in are amazing, I think they will help us a lot and it is very important all 20 players are ready to play.

“For me, I have to grow. I have to get better in every way. I want to become a better football player so I have got to keep listening to my fantastic coach, be humble and keep living my dream.”

Kulusevski loving life at Tottenham

Kulusevski’s goal against Southampton was his sixth for Tottenham since he arrived from Juve in January.

And the winger admitted it was good being back in front of the home fans again.

He added: “We are very pleased. It wasn’t an easy game, going behind at home isn’t nice. But after we scored we could have scored a lot more.

“I love how this team is playing because we create a lot of chances and the fans are enjoying it. I like playing and I’ve missed playing. It is so nice to be back in front of the fans and the family and I really enjoyed it.”

Tottenham are back in action next Sunday when they head to London rivals Chelsea in the Premier League.

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