Antonio Conte is delighted with Tottenham’s struggle in Chelsea comeback

Antonio Conte hailed his Tottenham side’s struggle and insisted they had shown they have “good blood” after a heated 2-2 draw at his old club Chelsea.

Spurs have won just once at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League era and lost three times to Thomas Tuchel’s team in January but fought back on Sunday to salvage a dramatic point.

While Chelsea were the better team, leading 2-1 into injury time after goals from Kalidou Koulibaly and Reece James, Harry Kane’s dramatic equalizer added to Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s initial equalizer to give the visitors a point.

Conte, who had wildly celebrated his first try, was given a red card by referee Anthony Taylor after a second heated exchange with rival Thomas Tuchel, but the Italian was keen to focus on the positives after a heated battle.

He said: “I think the celebrations on both sides were really good celebrations, yeah? The run, then the jump and you can understand that celebration because we and Chelsea feel for this game.

“I think this game is an important game for both clubs. For me it was definitely important because I don’t like losing three games in a row against the same coach.

“I hate losing and you know very well that I try to transfer my mentality and my passion to my players because they can be good tactically and technically, but then you need good blood in your veins to do something important to fight.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte after being sent off by referee Anthony Taylor during the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London. Picture date: Sunday August 14, 2022.

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“I think we started a process in that regard and today I’m happy because my players wanted to stay in the game despite the difficulty of the game.”

After being second best for most of the first half, Conte switched to a 4-2-4 formation, with summer signing Richarlison introduced for his debut in the 57th minute.

The number of attacking players on the pitch helped Tottenham recapture the ball for Hojbjerg to equalize and while they were also caught for James’ goal using the same tactics, another substitute Ivan Perisic produced a wonderful delivery from a corner in the Overtime to help Kane goes in.

“Chelsea played better than us in that game. We can do better but we scored twice. We haven’t scored in the last three games, so we got a point and I think we showed character and personality.”

“We have to work on that system because the second goal we conceded was very bad because we were very bad defensively.

“If we stayed with three central defenders we certainly wouldn’t concede that goal but that could be a good option for us.

“Yes, we can change sometimes to play in this new formation, but for sure we have to work and have the same knowledge that we have in 3-4-2-1.”

Giovani Lo Celso was not part of the squad and later on Sunday night Tottenham confirmed the midfielder had completed a season-long loan from Villarreal.

The Argentina international spent the second half of the 2021/22 season with the LaLiga side and has returned there, but there is no commitment to make the move permanent, according to the PA news agency.

Instead, Spurs have included a release clause, allowing them to listen to offers for Lo Celso and end the loan early if they want the 26-year-old to leave permanently after the Winter World Cup in Qatar in January. Antonio Conte is delighted with Tottenham’s struggle in Chelsea comeback

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