Ange Postecoglou, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur, celebrates his team's victory after the Premier League match against Burnley at Turf Moor
Spurs manager Ange Postecoglou.

Postecoglou hails ‘outstanding leader’ as Tottenham star obliterates Burnley

Tottenham Hotspur boss Ange Postecoglou gushed over hat-trick hero Son Heung-min following his side’s 5-2 demolition of Burnley on Saturday. 

The Clarets opened the scoring at Turf Moor after just three minutes through Lyle Foster, but the Korean forward hit back with an equaliser in the 16th minute. Christian Romero put Spurs ahead just before the break.

The visitors blitzed Burnley in a 12-minute period in the second half, with James Maddison scoring before Son found the net another two times. Josh Brownhill pulled one back deep into injury time, but it was a mere consolation.

“We got tested after falling a goal behind,” Postecoglou told BBC Match of the Day. “We knew Burnley would come at us and press us. I like the way we handled that. We stayed calm, worked really hard as a unit. We went up a gear in the first half and really took our chances.

“We grew into the game and when you go a goal down there’s a couple of different ways it can go. It’s our third away game in the league out of four and I really like how the guys are tackling this task.

“We knew they’d be aggressive. You still need to play through the press and release guys in behind.”

Postecoglou praised the qualities of his captain after Son scored the fourth Premier League hat-trick of his career.

“Sonny was outstanding,” he said. “He’s been an outstanding leader, with the way he presents himself every day in training. He led our press today – then he has the quality to take his chances. I’m really pleased for him.

He added: “[James Maddison] was good. He’s obviously a creative force for us. He’s a quality player and a quality person.”

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