A bizarre statistic surrounding the disciplinary record of Tottenham attacker Heung-min Son has surfaced online this evening, after the South Korean was given his marching orders during his side’s defeat to Chelsea earlier today.
Willian at the double
Spurs welcomed capital rivals Chelsea to north London a short time ago, for a crucial Premier League clash.
Ahead of kick-off, the visitors occupied the final of the English top-flight’s Champions League berths, 3 points clear of their hosts.
As such, due to their superior goal difference, Jose Mourinho’s men were aware that a victory today would have seen them replace Chelsea in 4th spot.
When all was said and done at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium, though, form went out the window, as the struggling Blues put in-form Spurs to the sword by 2 goals to nil.
Willian bagged both goals for Frank Lampard’s men, first courtesy of a sumptuous bending strike inside the opening quarter of an hour, and later on the stroke of half-time from the penalty spot.
Highlights: Spurs 0-2 Chelsea
Son matches Cattermole
Based on the balance of play over the 90 minutes in north London, few would argue that Chelsea’s victory was not deserved.
The Pensioners proved, particularly in the fist-half, the far superior side, both to a man and as a unit.
Tottenham did emerge for the early exchanges following the interval looking somewhat-reinvigorated, but saw their hopes of dragging themselves back into proceedings dealt a fatal blow just past the hour-mark.
This came in the form of Heung-min Son’s red card.
A tangle between the South Korean attacker and Antonio Rudiger in the Chelsea half saw the former needlessly kick out, with a VAR review of the incident having eventually seen Son given his marching orders.
And, as outlined above, this has since given rise to a remarkable statistic.
Son’s dismissal came as his 3rd in the Premier League this calendar year.
This makes the 27-year-old the first player to be sent off on 3 occasions in a single calendar year in the English top-flight since former Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole in 2010:
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 22, 2019