Antonio Conte insists Richarlison has not disregarded Nottingham Forest

Antonio Conte defended Tottenham striker Richarlison after his late showboating in the 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest.

The Brazilian sealed the game thanks to two goals from Harry Kane and juggled the ball before being caught by Brennan Johnson in the 85th minute.

Forest boss Steve Cooper said this would not be accepted at his club but Conte insisted his player was not being disrespectful.

“At that moment I was on the bench because I made another switch. I think he was juggling the ball,” said Conte.

“It’s a game and you’re under pressure. I repeat it’s fine. I don’t think Richy wanted to show disrespect to Nottingham Forest.

“Nottingham Forest are a really good side with a great history in football and we have a lot of respect. Richy must think the same way. Not disrespectful to anyone and I can tell you that.”

Steve Cooper was not impressed by Richarlison’s behavior (PA)

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Cooper admitted he would be less tolerant, adding: “I wouldn’t want my players to do what Richarlison did. But if that’s accepted at Spurs, then it’s none of my business. But that would not be accepted here, that’s for sure.”

He showed his skill shortly after putting on another outrageous play when he crossed Kane’s second with the outside of his boot.

It killed the game for Spurs, who had put Kane ahead in the fifth minute, and the England captain also missed a second-half penalty.

Dean Henderson became the first Premier League goalkeeper to stop him from scoring since Liverpool’s Loris Karius in February 2018 – a streak of 22 successful attempts.

Kane became joint third-highest goalscorer of all time in the Premier League with Andy Cole at 187.

(PA graphic)

“I think we deserved to win. It was a difficult game,” said Conte.

“It was my first time (playing against them) and I was really surprised to hear a lot of noise in the stadium and on the pitch and the Nottingham Forest fans pushed the team very hard.

“In the second half we improved a lot and had chances to score the second goal. We could have scored the third goal from the penalty spot but to be honest I don’t think he missed it.

“I think it was a really good save. The goalkeeper was incredible, his save. But three points in the end, I repeat, it’s not easy to come here and get three points against Nottingham Forest.”

Despite disliking Richarlison’s actions, Cooper was pleased with what he saw of his team as they once again showed they are not in the Premier League to match the numbers.

Forest threatened Spurs throughout the game but lacked the killer instinct, with Morgan Gibbs-White and Neco Williams missing the best chances.

“The prevailing feeling is going to be disappointment because we didn’t take anything from the game – and in the end it’s the results that matter,” said Cooper.

“The performance was good, we really took the game to Spurs and stuck to the plan we wanted to put in play. We put them on the backfoot which allowed us to have a lot of ball and get high on the pitch and really get into good areas to threaten the goal.

I won’t be narrow minded enough not to see that there were a lot of good things in our game

Steve Cooper

“But we didn’t do that. With all the good play we had, all the good numbers on the pitch and in the territory, we didn’t convert it into enough shots on goal.

“I know that’s the hardest part of the game. But we didn’t.

“But I won’t be narrow-minded enough not to see that there were a lot of good things in our game. We just have to keep going with our ideas.” Antonio Conte insists Richarlison has not disregarded Nottingham Forest

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