It was a fourth win out of five in the Premier League and Conte admitted he would rather not have this momentum broken by international football.
West Ham, on the other hand, appeared to be ready for a break. They are seventh, losing ground on the top four and possibly debating whether to prioritise their Europa League campaign, with Lyon waiting in the last eight.
The physical and mental aftereffects of Thursday night’s spectacular victory over Sevilla appeared to linger as they began sluggishly and surrendered within nine minutes against Tottenham.
Son scored twice as Spurs defeated West Ham, and he could have easily completed a hat trick.
He rattled a post in the first half and was inches away from scoring when Zouma diverted it into his own net, much to the delight of the home crowd.
Kane generated all four of these chances, albeit without a goal, as Antonio Conte’s team surged above Manchester United, inching closer to opponents Arsenal, who still have to go along the Seven Sisters Road to N17.
It’s a potential 6 pointer as far as the top 4 race goes, it was Tottenham 3, West Ham 1, and here is how all of it happened!
Story of the match
The afternoon got off to a bad start for Hammers defender Kurt Zouma, who drove Harry Kane’s low center to Son into the net in the ninth minute, Spurs’ 10th own goal of the season.
Son made it two for Spurs midway through the first half, receiving a defense-splitting pass from Kane before hitting a left-foot shot that glanced off Zouma’s outstretched leg before looping into the net.
West Ham’s Said Benrahma equalised in the 35th minute but they had to survive a couple of early second-half chances before settling into a rhythm.
They could have equalised in the 56th minute when a sweeping play ended with Michail Antonio volleying over the bar.
Spurs’ passing improved after a dismal beginning, and new signing Dejan Kulusevski curled an effort just over and wide as the home side began to regain control.
Kane squandered an even better opportunity, blasting the ball over after a brilliant cross from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg left him with just the goalie to beat.
Son came to Spurs’ rescue again in the 88th minute, following down a long ball from Kane and blasting home to move Spurs to fifth in the rankings, three points behind Arsenal, who are fourth on 54 points and have a game in hand.
The loss was a painful blow for David Moyes’ West Ham, who dropped to seventh place in the table, with their chances of playing in the Champions League next season swiftly diminishing.