Bayer Leverkusen boss says Spurs star Son Heung-Min is fantastic for high intensity football

Tottenham's Son Heung-min celebrates after the game

Tottenham Hotspur face Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Tottenham's Son Heung-min celebrates after the game

Bayer Leverkusen manager Roger Schmidt has told The Independent that Son Heung-min has all the attributes to play high intensity football as his side prepare to take on Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League.

The South Korean forward played under Schmidt at Leverkusen before joining Tottenham last year, and has been one of Mauricio Pochettino's best players this season.

The pair will be reunited at the BayArena on Tuesday evening, and Schmidt has been full of praise for Tottenham's number seven.

Tottenham's Son Heung-min comes on as a substitute to replace Erik LamelaTottenham's Son Heung-min comes on as a substitute to replace Erik Lamela

"I think that Heung-Min is a fantastic player for this style of football, for pressing," Schmidt told The Independent.

"Because he has a big heart, and all the things you need for pressing: intelligence, ability to read the match and read situations.

"He has good anticipation for passes of the opposing team, and he can win the pass. He has very good physical condition. After winning the ball he can transition to the offensive, then he can use his speed to score."

High intensity football is the trendy way to play right now, and it is also successful. Pochettino's side are unbeaten in the Premier League so far, and their 100 miles per hour football helped them become the first team to beat Pep Guardiola's Manchester City before the international break.

Son has been key to Tottenham's success, pressing his opponents high up the pitch, as well as chipping in with key goals.

Tottenham's Son Heung-min applauds fans as he walks off to be substitutedTottenham's Son Heung-min applauds fans as he walks off to be substituted

Schmidt uses a similar style to Pochettino in the Bundesliga, but is not having as much joy as the Argentinian, with his Leverkusen side in 10th place after seven games.

Spurs are second in Group E having won one and lost one so far in Europe's elite competition, while Leverkusen sit below them with two draws to their name.

Tuesday's Champions League clash is expected to be a fast and frantic game between two teams full of energy and running. 

Tottenham's Son Heung-min celebrates after the matchTottenham's Son Heung-min celebrates after the match

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