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Conte: ‘Tottenham had the chance to win — not Liverpool. But I have sympathy for Klopp’ - The Athletic

Antonio Conte has said Tottenham Hotspur had more chances to win at Anfield than Liverpool — but added that he understands Jurgen Klopp’s emotional reaction...

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Antonio Conte has said Tottenham Hotspur had more chances to win at Anfield than Liverpool — but added that he understands Jurgen Klopp’s emotional reaction to Saturday’s 1-1 draw.

Klopp made headlines after the Premier League match for criticising Conte’s tactics, telling reporters: “I don’t like this kind of football.”

Spurs took the lead at Anfield through Son Heung-min, only for Luis Diaz’s deflected strike to earn the home side a point.

But the result saw Liverpool fall three points behind Manchester City after the league leaders thrashed Newcastle United on Sunday.

Despite Klopp’s frustration Tottenham had just as many shots on target as Liverpool at Anfield — and came close to winning the game only for midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to spurn a gilt-edged chance in injury time.

Ahead of Tottenham’s pivotal north London derby against Arsenal on Thursday, Conte said: “My players were disappointed after the game because they felt the possibility to win.

“We analysed the game after and if there was a team who had a chance to win it was Tottenham and not Liverpool.

“I think in this game Klopp understood he gained one point and didn't lose two.

“Jurgen is an intelligent person, he was a bit frustrated after the game. But for us, for every top coach it's important to be focused on your team and not your opponent.”

Conte added that he understood Klopp’s emotional reaction to the draw, which could yet cost Liverpool dear in their competitive title race with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.

He said: “For the coach it's not simple and after the game you have to try to keep your head cool and sometimes it's not easy.

“If you remember sometimes it happened when I was disappointed with a bad result; I was disappointed with myself, and my players."

“When we lost against Burnley, I gave myself the fault (blame) and sometimes we are a bit frustrated at the end of the season when a bad result can change things. I have a lot of respect for Jurgen and he has a lot of respect for me.

“This is an opportunity for us to learn as coaches that you never speak about an opponent, you focus on your team.”

Tottenham host bitter local rivals Arsenal on Thursday knowing they need to win to keep alive their faint hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.

Spurs trail Arsenal by four points, meaning Conte’s side need to win on Thursday and hope Arsenal drop more points in their remaining two matches, against Newcastle United and Everton respectively.

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