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Antonio Conte says Jurgen Klopp looking 'for excuse' after Spurs draw

FILE - Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte reacts during a Premier League game against Everton in London. Photo: Andy Rain/EPA

FILE - Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte reacts during a Premier League game against Everton in London. Photo: Andy Rain/EPA

Published May 10, 2022

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London — Antonio Conte has accused Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp of looking for an "excuse or an alibi" after he criticised Tottenham's style of play following their 1-1 draw on Saturday.

The result was a huge blow to Liverpool's hopes of winning the Premier League title -- the Merseysiders are three points behind leaders Manchester City with only three games left to play this season.

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Tottenham, who were dangerous on the break at Anfield, could even have come away with a victory.

But Klopp, clearly unhappy at seeing his side drop points in the title race, suggested the visitors had been overly defensive in their approach, saying: "I don't like this kind of football, but that is my problem. I cannot coach it."

Conte said Klopp should concentrate on his own team.

"Jurgen is an intelligent person, very clever," the Italian told reporters on Tuesday.

"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.

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"It means you want to find an excuse or an alibi because your job didn't work or something was wrong."

Despite a creditable point, the draw at Anfield has hampered fifth-placed Tottenham's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League.

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Spurs are now four points behind Arsenal heading into Thursday's north London derby, where a win for the Gunners would guarantee them a top-four finish.

AFP

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