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“Make a mistake”- Conte has his say on controversial VAR call to deny Everton penalty vs Tottenham

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Antonio Conte led Tottenham Hotspur to a draw in his first league game in charge.

Tottenham Hotspur boss Antonio Conte believes the VAR decision to deny Everton a penalty was the right call

Speaking after the game (h/t football.london), Tottenham Hotspur boss Antonio Conte believes the referee’s VAR decision to deny Everton the penalty was the right call.

The North London club featured under their new manager for the first time in the Premier League and it remained an unchanged team from their UEFA Europa Conference victory against Vitesse in mid-week. However, like the game against Man United a week ago, Spurs failed to have a single shot on target.

But they were some positives as they restricted Everton to just 2 shots on target, with both marginally tame efforts. However, mid-way through the second half, Richarlison won a penalty after it looked like Hugo Lloris had brought him down.

Antonio Conte believed the referee was right in overturning the penalty decision against Everton after Tottenham Hotspur captain Hugo Lloris got to the ball first. (imago Images)
Antonio Conte believed the referee was right in overturning the penalty decision against Everton after Tottenham Hotspur captain Hugo Lloris got to the ball first. (imago Images)

That decision changed after a couple of minutes as the referee looked at the VAR monitor and saw that the Tottenham captain got the ball first. Conte told reporters after the game that he felt that the decision to deny the Toffees the penalty was the right call.

“Lloris touched the ball before. To make a mistake after you watch VAR is impossible. I have seen, and he took the right decision.”

The Italian boss also expressed his pleasure at the game and picked out the positives as he appreciated that his side did not concede a goal.

“Honestly, I have to be happy. I have to be happy for different reasons. The first, Goodison Park is not an easy place to come and play…You must have a stable team. Not ups and downs. Today we did not concede a goal, and it is a good start.”

Antonio Conte was pleased with the result against Everton as his side did not concede a goal.
Antonio Conte was pleased with the result against Everton as his side did not concede a goal.

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The 52-year-old has never lost a game to the Goodison Park outfit, and has picked up three victories and drew a game during his tenure as Chelsea boss. 

He maintained that record today and will now have a chance to formulate a proper strategy for the team during the international break, after which we shall face a beleaguered Leeds United side. 

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