Antonio Conte said it would have been a “disaster” if Tottenham had thrown away a two-goal lead in their 3-2 win over ten-man Eintracht Frankfurt in the Champions League.
Spurs looked set for a routine win as they led 3-1 with an extra man after Harry Kane’s penalty and Son Heung-min’s brace tipped Daichi Kamada’s opener for the Germans, who sent Tuta off.
But after making a series of changes and losing all intensity, Spurs invited trouble as Faride gave Alidou Frankfurt hope before Kane unusually missed a penalty to end the game in the fatality.
It was then that Conte began to worry about what might happen in five minutes of stoppage time and his heart pounded in his throat as Alidou’s final shot went straight for Hugo Lloris.
Conte says the last part of the game is a valuable lesson.
He said: “The negative aspect is the last part and it has to be a big lesson for everyone, for me and for the players. The game ends when the referee blows his whistle three times.
“In the last part of the game everyone realized that the game was over and because of that we made a big mistake. We conceded a corner which they took, then we had an opportunity to take the penalty but we missed the penalty.
“To be honest, when we missed the penalty, I was a bit scared because I thought anything could happen.
“We’re talking about a really good performance, but in the last part we all have a big lesson to learn. Me and the players each conceded that the game was over. Maybe also the stadium and the fans.
“It’s difficult, now we’re talking with a smile because we won. But imagine this game ended in a draw. That would have been a disaster.”
Nonetheless, the win means Tottenham will qualify for the knockout stages if they beat Sporting Lisbon in their next Group D game in two weeks time.
Conte says this is the main goal of the season.
“In the next game we have the chance to get into the next round with a win. That would be a great success for us,” added the Italian.
“That was our first goal this season, to advance to the next round in the Champions League. Now we have to focus on Saturday because I tried to take advantage of that situation, I tried to give the players a little rest.
“We have to rest tomorrow and then on Friday we have to prepare for the game against Everton.”
Frankfurt coach Oliver Glasner added: “Tottenham deservedly won over 90 minutes but I was happy with the reaction.
“We couldn’t keep up with the quality of Tottenham’s attack at certain points. We allowed Harry Kane too many balls and he processed them really well.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/antonio-conte-germans-harry-kane-eintracht-frankfurt-sporting-lisbon-b2201656.html Antonio Conte feared Tottenham would reduce the two-goal advantage over Frankfurt