Antonio Conte accuses Jurgen Klopp of looking for an ‘excuse or an alibi’ after Liverpool’s draw with Spurs

Antonio Conte says Jurgen Klopp was looking for an “excuse or an alibi” when he criticized Tottenham’s play after Saturday’s 1-1 draw.

purs were more than worth their point after putting on a resilient defensive display to stop the title chasers and they could easily have left Anfield with all three points had they been more disciplined in attack.

Klopp, visibly frustrated at losing two points in the title race, said afterwards: “I don’t like this type of football but that’s my problem. I can’t coach it.”

Conte claimed his counterpart was trying to find excuses and should have focused on his own team.

“Jürgen is an intelligent person, very clever,” said the Italian.


Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte

“He was a little frustrated after the game but at the same time it’s important for any coach to learn to focus on their team, not their opponents. doesn’t work or something was wrong.

“I respect Jurgen and I know he respects me a lot and this is a good opportunity for him and me to learn that you never have to talk about your opponent during the game. It’s important to approach your team focus.”

“To be honest, it’s not easy for the coach after the game, you have to try to keep a cool head.

“Sometimes it’s not easy and a lot of times if you remember that season I was disappointed with the result and me and my players.

“When we lost to Burnley, as you recall, I blamed myself for the loss. Sometimes we get a bit frustrated, especially at the end of the season when a bad result can change an important goal for you.”

While the tie at Anfield was an impressive performance and result, it dashed Spurs’ Champions League hopes, who are at stake against Arsenal on Thursday night, where a Gunners win would guarantee them a top-four result.

After Thursday night’s game, Spurs are back in action at 12pm on Sunday – the shortest possible turnaround time – and Conte suggested the club should not have accepted the kick-off time.

“When I complain about it, I’m like other coaches in the past,” he said. “You remember when (Arsenal boss Mikel) Arteta complained about that kind of situation and I said coaches shouldn’t complain.

“Now it might be my turn to complain because to play the first game (on Sunday) on Thursday night and then again, you could play and wait on Sunday and give us the last game and a little more rest.

“Sometimes it’s difficult to accept Premier League decisions, but if the club has accepted them then I have to do it. A top club have to watch the games.”

“Before the game you don’t think this situation can cause you such problems, but after that you realize it could affect the result and you’re angry and it’s too late.

“You have to be angry beforehand. The club has to pay more attention. If you want to win you have to take care of all the details because the details affect the final result.”

Thursday’s game was originally due to be played in January but Arsenal asked that the game be canceled due to a lack of players – a decision that led to a change in Premier League rules after it was revealed they had just one Covid case.

“Now talking about what happened in the past doesn’t make sense,” Conte added.

“Sure it was very strange that our game was postponed for Covid and Arsenal didn’t have a single player with Covid.

“We lost a game 3-0 (against Rennes) because the Premier League didn’t want to postpone our game when we had 9 or 10 players with Covid.

“It was unfair what happened back then.

“But now that’s in the past and we have to focus on the present and try to get the best result.” Antonio Conte accuses Jurgen Klopp of looking for an ‘excuse or an alibi’ after Liverpool’s draw with Spurs

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