Antonio Conte says Jürgen Klopp was in search of an “excuse or an alibi” when he criticised Tottenham’s fashion of play after their 1-1 draw on Saturday.
Spurs have been greater than worthy of their level after they put in a resilient defensive show and will simply have left Anfield with a win had they been extra medical. Klopp, annoyed at dropping two factors within the title race, mentioned: “I don’t like this kind of football, but that is my problem. I cannot coach it.”
Conte mentioned his counterpart was looking for excuses and may have stored his deal with his personal workforce. “Jürgen is an intelligent person, very clever,” he mentioned. “He was a bit frustrated after the game, but at the same time for every coach it is important to learn to be focused on your team, not the opponent. It means you want to find an excuse or an alibi because your job didn’t work or something was wrong.
“I have respect for Jürgen and I know he respects me a lot and this is a good chance for him and me to learn that during the game you never have to speak about your opponent. It is important to be focused on your team. Honestly, for the coach it is not simple after the game, you have to try to keep your head cool.”
The draw at Anfield, though a formidable efficiency and end result, harm Tottenham’s Champions League hopes, that are on the road at house towards Arsenal on Thursday night time, the place an away win would assure Mikel Arteta’s workforce a top-four end.
Spurs are then again in motion at midday on Sunday – the shortest turnaround potential – and Conte instructed the membership mustn’t have accepted the kick-off time.
“If I complain about it, I’m like other coaches in the past,” he mentioned. “You remember when Arteta complained about this type of situation and I said coaches shouldn’t complain. Now could be my turn to complain because to play on Thursday night and then again the first game [on Sunday], you could play on Sunday and wait and give us the last game and a bit more rest.
“It’s difficult sometimes to accept Premier League decisions, but if the club accepted it I have to. A top club have to pay attention to the fixtures. Before the game you don’t think this situation can cause you this type of trouble, but afterwards you realise it could affect the result and you are angry and it’s too late.
“You need to be angry before. The club has to pay more attention. If you want to win you have to take care about all the details because the details move the final result.”