LONDON : Tottenham Hotspur are typically accused of being ‘Spursy’ when the stakes are excessive nonetheless supervisor Antonio Conte praised the best way by which via which his gamers responded to the stress of a must-win sport within the course of north London rivals Arsenal on Thursday.
The merciless jibe that Tottenham cannot deal with stress couldn’t have been farther from the reality as Conte’s fired-up aspect claimed a 3-0 win to care for alive their hopes of pipping Arsenal to fourth spot contained in the Premier League.
Harry Kane scored twice for the hosts ahead of halftime whereas Son Heung-min took his league tally to 21 for the season collectively alongside along with his aspect’s third merely after halftime.
Tottenham have now obtained three successive dwelling league video video video games within the course of Arsenal for the primary time since 1961 and Thursday’s win means they’re nonetheless contained in the hunt for a top-four end having been eighth when Conte took worth in November.
The Italian had questioned the same old of his Tottenham squad earlier contained in the season, nonetheless the serial winner is now in little doubt relating to the character of his gamers.
“A lot of folks inform me that Tottenham shouldn’t be good to dwell with the pressure nonetheless I really feel to show into an important crew it’s vital to dwell with the exact pressure, to convey the pressure and switch into constructive,” Conte mentioned.
“Tonight was very highly effective on account of when you may probably win it’s under no circumstances simple. I do know the stress that’s on the shoulders of the gamers and on my shoulders.
“To play on this method with this depth and this passion makes me very utterly glad.”
Victory for Arsenal would have put them seven elements away from fifth-placed Tottenham with two video video video games remaining.
Nevertheless now the excellence has been shaved to a minimum of one stage and Tottenham’s ultimate two video video video games are at dwelling to Burnley and away to already-relegated Norwich Metropolis. Arsenal have a extra sturdy end on paper with Newcastle United away on Monday, adopted by Everton at dwelling on the final phrase day of the season.
Should Tottenham beat Burnley in Sunday’s early kickoff they may go into fourth ahead of Arsenal face Newcastle.
“(The followers) pushed us from the start until the tip. Now I ask our followers to do the equivalent on Sunday because of we now have one different must-win recreation in the direction of Burnley,” he mentioned.
“We’re having fun with in the direction of a crew attempting to stay away from relegation.”