Spurs’ manager Antonio Conte has been openly chastised for his ‘conduct’ post the north London derby win by Simon Jordan, the former Crystal Palace chairman.
Tottenham kept their Champions League hopes alive by demolishing 10-man Arsenal in a dominant 3-0 display, leaving them within a single point of the top four.
But despite a Spurs masterclass, Jordan was less than impressed with Conte’s comments following the victory, labeling the Italian as being “condescending” towards his immediate rival Mikel Arteta.
Antonio Conte had hit out at Arteta for “complaining a lot”, as the Arsenal boss was adamant that several pivotal decisions were made against his team, swinging the pendulum in Tottenham’s favour.
The defeat means that Arsenal lead by a point with Tottenham to face Burnley on Sunday.
The pressure of the occasion saw Arsenal conceding a penalty in the first half, with a man that knows no pressure converting, Harry Kane.
Arsenal worries only compounded after Rob Holding was sent off, receiving a second yellow for deliberately elbowing Son in the face.
It’s baffling, yet clear that Arteta believed BOTH decisions were incorrect, though he refused to make mention and/or speak of the incidents in his post-match interview, channeling his best Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp impression. A bit of ambiguity alongside a plethora of groans.
“If I say what I think I am suspended for six months. I am allowed to give my interpretation of what I thought, but I do not like to lie. I cannot say what I think, I will be suspended.
I am so proud of my players. Ask the referee to come here and explain his decisions. That’s his decision. Such a beautiful game was destroyed here.
“The decision is made. I cannot change it. The referee has to make the decision and react in football.”Mikel Arteta
Conte sung praises of the job Arteta has done in his short tenure but threw a few light punches at the Spaniard for constantly “complaining”
“Mikel Arteta is a really good coach. He’s just started to do this job and I listen to him complain a lot. He has to be focused more on his team and not to complain, because he’s just started this work. He has to be calm and try to continue to work.”
“The red card was clear. If you remember I said nothing after Liverpool with Fabinho. If you accept my advice, this is good. Otherwise, I don’t care.”Antonio Conte
It was back to regular programming for Conte, undermining the gratification one should feel from such a compelling victory over your rivals, targeting the last two games of the season.
“We need to recover very well because we will play on Sunday against a team that has beaten us. I was very clear with my players – to enjoy and celebrate in the right way but at the same time think about Sunday as otherwise, this win will not be important.
“Our fans, they are going to play an important role on Sunday. We need to be together. We are very close to reaching an important target for us. There are no easy games for us.”Antonio Conte
Dybala Transfer Speculation:
The victory comes as Spurs receive a boost to their chances of signing the Argentine forward Paulo Dybala.
Paulo Dybala’s agent is said to be in London to hold talks with potential suitors ahead of a potential summer move.
The out of contract forward is set to leave Turin in the summer.
Antonio Conte is said to be keen on bringing the Argentinian to the club, though they could face stiff competition for his signature.
The player’s agent Jorge Antun will hold talks with multiple clubs – including the likes of Premier League rivals Manchester United and Arsenal.
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A Harry Kane brace took him to 13 north London derby goals in only 17 appearances. The double came in the span of 15-minutes, prior to and subsequent Holding’s red card.
The South Korea international then wrapped up the win in the second half with a smart finish, yet elegant finish.
Arsenal’s last top four was in May of 2016, whilst Tottenham last qualified for the Champions League in 2019.
Conte’s team have won six of their last nine games, their only defeat coming against Brighton while securing an impressive draw at Liverpool.