Son Heung-Min: Tottenham Star Says He Is Not Good Enough in Emotional Statement

Son Heung-Min: Tottenham Star Says He Is Not Good Enough in Emotional Statement

Rene Otinga
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
  • South Korea was knocked out of the Asian Cup on Tuesday
  • Captain Son Heung-Min is set to return to his club Tottenham
  • The forward is yet to come to terms with South Korea’s exit

Son Heung-Min posted an emotional message on social media, just a day after his South Korea team was knocked out of the Asian Cup by Jordan.

The Taeguk Warriors were largely considered favourites to go all the way in the competition in Qatar, but it was not meant to be as they were stunned in the semis.

Son Heung-Min's South Korea was stunned out of the Asian Cup.
Son Heung-min#7 of the Korean National Team clap hands for the supporters after lost to Jordan on February 06, 2024 in Doha, Qatar. Photo by Clicks Images.
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They started the competition decently, with Son scoring twice in the group stage to ensure his nation went into the knockout stages unbeaten.

After sending his team to the last four with a dramatic extra-time winner over Australia, South Korea’s brilliant run in the competition came to a halt on Tuesday after Jordan beat them 2-0.

Since there is no third-place play-off to salvage some pride, South Korea and Son’s campaign in Qatar came to an end, and the Tottenham forward is still struggling to come to terms with the disappointment.

Son’s social media message

On Instagram, Son shared a photo of himself looking dejected on Wednesday, along with a lengthy caption that told the story of a man who was desperate to guide his nation to glory.

"Many people were looking forward to holding the Asian Cup tournament and focusing only on the whole game, so there was too much appreciation,” he wrote.

The 31-year-old then issued a second apology, saying he felt like he was “not good enough”

He added: "It was scary and sad to walk back to London after the match, but we arrived safely. I guess I wasn't good enough as captain and didn't lead the team well."
"I was so proud of being a Korean football player because of your love and support even in this situation. Thank you and I am sorry."

According to SportsMole, the former Bayer Leverkusen man is set to return to the squad in time for Spurs’ crunch game against Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday, February 10.

His most recent game for his club was on New Years’ Eve, when Tottenham beat Bournemouth 3-1.

In Son’s absence, Tottenham have won twice in five games, including a thrilling 3-2 win over Brentford on January 31, per TalkSport.

Chelsea aims dig at Spurs

In other news, Chelsea aimed a sly dig at other London clubs after advancing to the next round of the FA Cup.

The Blues bounced back to winning ways with a 3-1 win over Aston Villa in the fourth-round replay on Wednesday, February 7, with Enzo Fernandez scoring a superb free kick.

On social media, Chelsea shared a post gloating about the fact that only one club from London was left in this year’s FA Cup.

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