Antonio Conte was adamant the right decision was made as a contested Harry Kane penalty earned Tottenham all three points over Burnley in a 1-0 victory.
Ashley Barnes’ arm was deemed to be in an unnatural position as the ball struck it inside the penalty area just before the half-time whistle. Despite mass protests from Burnley players, VAR upheld the penalty decision as Kane coolly converted from the spot. But despite numerous spectators questioning the call, Conte believes referee Kevin Friend was given no other choice.
As quoted by Football.London, Conte said on the decision: “It was 200% a penalty, not 100%. It was so clear. When your arm is in this way and you take the ball. I think it was so clear.”
Prior to the game, Spurs faithful experienced a moment of deja vu as reports suggested a stomach bug had been contracted by a number of players in the squad.
Dejan Kuluveski started on the bench with stomach issues, and a number of others were affected. The reports echoed food-poisoning claims from the 2006 squad, as 16 years ago stomach issues proved to be Spurs’ downfall – allowing Arsenal to claim a top four spot.
However, this time round issues did not have the same affect. Nevertheless, Conte did admit to having concerns ahead of the fixture.
“It wasn’t easy because yesterday morning the doctor sent me a message that a few players felt unwell. They had a stomach problem, vomiting and also a fever. Deki didn’t have a training session, Gollini and Hugo. Also Winksy.
“Despite this we faced the game in the right way . I’m so happy because I have seen a team that has improved in many aspects. Now this team is one ready to fight in every game.
Antonio Conte has his eyes set to Arsenal
The win moved Spurs two points ahead of Arsenal in the table – albeit the Gunners still with a game in hand.
Mikel Arteta’s men take on Newcastle tomorrow night, and need a win to claim a top four spot once again.
But the Italian boss seemed unfazed by his North London rivals, as he admitted watching Arsenal was very much on his agenda for tomorrow evening.
“I want to watch the game. I want to suffer,” joked Conte.