Tottenham boss Antonio Conte refuses to talk about Harry Kane tackle after Liverpool draw

Spurs v Liverpool: Match in Pictures

We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you’ve consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info

Tottenham manager Antonio Conte did not want to talk about referee Paul Tierney and his contentious decision not to send off Harry Kane against Liverpool as he instead focused on hailing the Spurs striker, last year’s Premier League Golden Boot winner, for scoring just his second league goal of the season.

Spurs had to settle for a point in an enthralling Premier League encounter that saw the hosts take the lead through Kane’s first home goal of the season after 13 minutes.

Diogo Jota made it 1-1 before half-time from an Andy Robertson cross with the Scot then making it 2-1 with a close-range header with 20 minutes to go.

But Son Heung-min equalised within five minutes before Robertson then saw red from referee Paul Tierney after a VAR review for a strong challenge on Emerson Royal.

That was despite Kane escaping a dismissal for a studs-up tackle on Robertson in the first half, a decision which left Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp furious.

The German was also unhappy about a penalty incident, feeling that the visitors should also have been awarded a spot-kick for an apparent foul on Jota.

But Conte opted not to talk about Tierney’s refereeing performance when quizzed post-match by Sky Sports.

The Spurs boss reflected: “Honestly I don’t want to speak about the decision of the referee. I think the game was good for both teams.

“Harry played a good game. He scored one goal, for him and us it was a goal of vital importance. He had chances to score other goals. He’s an important player for us.

“We’re happy that in an important game he scored.”

Goalscorer Kane meanwhile said to Sky Sports of his tackle: “At the time I thought it was a good strong tackle. Maybe it looks a little worse when you slow it down. That’s what VAR is there for.

“There are going to be strong tackles in a game like this. I wasn’t worried. I was quite surprised [to be booked] to be honest.”

Conte declared that he was disappointed Spurs did not claim all three points.

The Italian added: “I think it was an exciting game and we created many, many chances to score and win the game. For this reason we have to be a bit disappointed for the draw.

Conte may have found his two stars to lead Spurs to top four
Jamie Redknapp names the two signings Newcastle should make in January
Chelsea’s four worst players as Wolves draw hurts Premier League hopes

“For sure we played against a really strong team. You know very well what I think about the work Jurgen has done with Liverpool, what I think about this team, it’s amazing.

“They’re working for many years and created a team that is very strong. One point. I think it was a good performance but for the chances we created, we go home with the thought that instead of one point it could be three points.

“We studied Liverpool. We prepared a plan to play against them. They’re high intensity. It’s not simple to defend against them. When we’re in possession I said we could create problems for Liverpool.

“This happened today. The supporters have seen a good game, an exciting game.”

While a furious Liverpool manager Klopp said: “I think we all agree it is a clear red card, I just need to ask two people, Mr Tierney and whoever was the VAR [referee].

“You can give Robertson a red card, he knows that himself but Harry should not have been on the pitch in the second half and then tell me how the game goes.

“If Mr Tierney does not see it I get that. But the VAR was obviously awake because he told him to look again at Robertson.

“With the penalty he tells me he stopped on purpose because he wanted to be hit. The referee had the best position in the whole stadium.

“You don’t need a ref that helps you, you need a ref who is clear and objective. In three decisions he was once right and that was with Robbo, and twice wrong. All three were against us.”

Source: Read Full Article