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“I can’t complain”- Antonio Conte says he is satisfied by Tottenham’s performance in Liverpool loss

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Spurs manager Antonio Conte says he is satisfied by Tottenham Hotspur’s performance in Liverpool loss

Speaking in his post-match interview after Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-1 loss against Liverpool at N17 (h/t the BBC), manager Antonio Conte said he had no complaints about the performance of his players.

Spurs went into the game knowing that a win against the Reds would extend the gap to 13 points between them and Jurgen Klopp’s team. A loss, however, would scale it down to seven with Liverpool having a game in hand.

It was the latter scenario that happened. Mohamed Salah’s first-half brace meant the Reds had a comfortable 2-0 lead going into halftime.

Antonio Conte with Tottenham Hotspur's Emerson Royal against Liverpool. (
Antonio Conte with Tottenham Hotspur’s Emerson Royal against Liverpool. (Photo by IAN KINGTON/AFP via Getty Images)

Spurs came out fighting and were rewarded in the second half for their efforts when Harry Kane pulled one back in the 70th minute. We had many, many chances to equalise.

According to SofaScore, Spurs had 14 shots to Liverpool’s 13. The Reds, however, had one more shot on target (6) than us. Conte has now said that he is satisfied with what he saw.

“I can’t complain about my players. I go to my house satisfied for the performance and the chances we created.”

“I repeat about the performance, I am really happy for what I have seen. Our fans despite the defeat, they have to enjoy the game for the will, the desire, for how we played the game.”

Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg after scoring against Liverpool. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg after scoring against Liverpool. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Spurs fans, be it under manager Jose Mourinho or Conte, have at times questioned the team’s performance on many occasions even if they win. Winning the game after not playing well will always be better than losing after giving it all on the pitch.

That is true, at least in the short term. In the long term, this showing from the Lilywhites will give our fans great hope. The problem in our defeats against Manchester United and Arsenal was that we were defensive, non-threatening, and did not look like scoring too often.

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Against the Reds, however, we could have easily won the game had luck gone our way. That is something positive to take away from this defeat.

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