LONDON : Tottenham Hotspur are sometimes accused of being ‘Spursy’ when the stakes are excessive however supervisor Antonio Conte praised the best way his gamers responded to the strain of a must-win sport towards north London rivals Arsenal on Thursday.
The merciless jibe that Tottenham can not handle strain couldn’t have been farther from the reality as Conte’s fired-up aspect claimed a 3-0 win to maintain alive their hopes of pipping Arsenal to fourth spot within the Premier League.
Harry Kane scored twice for the hosts earlier than halftime whereas Son Heung-min took his league tally to 21 for the season along with his aspect’s third simply after halftime.
Tottenham have now gained three successive house league video games towards Arsenal for the primary time since 1961 and Thursday’s win means they are nonetheless within the hunt for a top-four end having been eighth when Conte took cost in November.
The Italian had questioned the standard of his Tottenham squad earlier within the season, however the serial winner is now in little doubt in regards to the character of his gamers.
“A lot of people tell me that Tottenham is not good to live with the pressure but I think to become an important team you have to live with the right pressure, to bring the pressure and become positive,” Conte stated.
“Tonight was very tough as a result of when you should win it’s by no means simple. I do know the strain that’s on the shoulders of the gamers and on my shoulders.
“To play in this way with this intensity and this passion makes me very happy.”
Victory for Arsenal would have put them seven factors away from fifth-placed Tottenham with two video games remaining.
But now the distinction has been shaved to 1 level and Tottenham’s closing two video games are at house to Burnley and away to already-relegated Norwich City. Arsenal have a more durable end on paper with Newcastle United away on Monday, adopted by Everton at house on the ultimate day of the season.
Should Tottenham beat Burnley in Sunday’s early kickoff they will go into fourth earlier than Arsenal face Newcastle.
“(The fans) pushed us from the start until the end. Now I ask our fans to do the same on Sunday because we have another must-win game against Burnley,” he stated.
“We are playing against a team trying to avoid relegation.”
Source : channelnewsasia.com