Tottenham Hotspur boss Antonio Conte has come in for widespread praise on Sunday evening, on the back of his side’s showing versus Liverpool.
Son secures a point
Italian tactician Conte of course guided Spurs back into action a short time ago.
After seeing their prior two fixtures called off owing to a major Covid-19 outbreak in the club’s camp, the Lilywhites turned their attentions back towards matters in the Premier League, in a showdown with title-chasing Liverpool.
And though, in the end, Conte and co. didn’t quite manage the upset they were no doubt hoping for, the capital outfit did emerge with a deserved share of the spoils, in a 2-2 stalemate.
After Harry Kane opened the scoring inside fifteen minutes on Sunday, Liverpool soon turned the clash on its head, courtesy of strikes of their own from Diogo Jota and Andy Robertson.
Diogo Jota equalises for #LFC with a header 🔴
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) December 19, 2021
Spurs, though, were not to be denied, eventually bagging what proved to be a decisive equaliser fifteen minutes from time, when Heung-min Son took advantage of a poor piece of goalkeeping on the part of Alisson.
🎙️ “Can Son get there first? HE HAS DONE! It’s 2-2!”
Spurs bring it level again through Heung-min Son!
Andrew Roberston who had put #LFC in front before the equaliser sees a straight red card for a tackle on Emerson Royal🟥
This game 🤯
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) December 19, 2021
Despite their side ultimately emerging with just a share of the spoils against a depleted Liverpool outfit (who were reduced to ten men late on) on Sunday, Tottenham’s supporters have since understandably found plenty to smile about post-match.
The north Londoners looked the better team throughout much of the action, and had it not been for inexcusable wastefulness in front of goal, particularly in the first-half, would undoubtedly have come away with all three points this evening.
Amongst the star performers for the hosts on the day were the likes of Eric Dier, Ryan Sessegnon, Dele Alli and Harry Winks.
Rather than single out individual players for praise on the back of the full-time whistle, however, many of a Spurs persuasion have since been keen to attribute the remarkable improvement showcased by long-criticised pair Alli and Winks in particular to one man.
The individual in question? Antonio Conte…
That was an exceptional performance. On another day win by a few. Conte has got them fit and organised. Sanchez Dier Davies so impressive with the ball. Winks looks back. Alli making those runs into box again. Conte magic. Loved it.. so many positives. what a game!
— Mike Gill (@0MikeGill) December 19, 2021
Conte is just such a top, top coach. He’s had a bit of time in the last few weeks with the likes of Winks and Alli and it really did show today. They looked competent, haven’t been able to say that for a while!
— Dan (@ElCapitain82) December 19, 2021
Conte managed to make sessegnon, winks, and Alli look like look like world class players. Performing miracles
— Lanne 🇨🇩🇫🇷🇨🇦 (@LanneAFC) December 19, 2021
Conte got Dele and Winks to have a good game Let me repeat
Conte got Dele and Winks to have a good game
— maxspurslord 🇯🇲🇮🇹 (@maxspurslord1) December 19, 2021
Spurs should have won by a wide margin today…with a Winks/Dele midfield. Conte really is magic
— It’s me…ya boi (@TheAdmiredBrah) December 19, 2021
Please don’t let this be in the last of performances like that lads. Tbh thought the door should’ve been closed for the pair a long time ago, but if anyone’ll improve you & resurrect your career it’ll be Conte. Keep it up and earn your chances, or be sold. #COYS https://t.co/hWAzPf451e
— gspur (@SpursIsTheWord) December 19, 2021
Dier, Alli. Winks and Sessegnon. Conte is a magician https://t.co/xN7vTae2j5
— Richard (@gamray) December 19, 2021
The players showed heart, desire and passion against one of the best teams in Europe. Winks, Dele & Sess rolling back the years with vintage performances. Conte is building… give him the keys & back him to the hill. Conte is something special…. #COYS
— Neal Tilbury (@NealTilbury) December 19, 2021
What magic has conte worked that he has winks and dele back to their old selves
— vic (@mabbsy14) December 19, 2021
Absolute magician stuff from Conte. Look at Sessegnon. Dele. Winks. Even Kane. Transformational.
— Dave Bradshaw 💙 #FullyVaxxedOxfordAZ / Pfizer (@djbradshaw64) December 19, 2021
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