Antonio Conte has insisted if Tottenham are to reach a ‘superior level’ then hat-trick hero Son Heung-min and Harry Kane must be ready to spend time on the bench this season.
Son was dropped for Saturday’s visit of Leicester but responded in stunning fashion by netting a hat-trick in a 31-minute cameo as a substitute to end his eight-game goal drought in style.
While Kane has started every fixture this season, Conte has admitted in recent weeks his star forward will also have to be rotated due to the packed schedule, which will see Spurs play 12 games in seven weeks from October 1.
The Italian won major titles during his time at Juventus, Chelsea and Inter Milan and warned following the 6-2 thrashing of Leicester there will be no compromising on his way of working.
‘My story speaks very clear. In every situation that I work, at the end I lift a trophy,’ Conte explained. ‘It means maybe my vision, my work, my idea of football has to give credit.
‘I think the club is really happy for what we are doing with the players, with the staff and for sure I don’t want compromise. I don’t accept compromise for anybody. This has to be very clear.
‘I want to bring this team to think of a superior level, not to stay in the middle. Not to stay at Tottenham because, ‘there I play every game, every game, every game’. If you think like this, you are not probably going to fight for something important in my opinion.