Steven Bergwijn says Antonio Conte laid down the gauntlet ahead of Tottenham's clash with West Ham

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Steven Bergwijn reveals he rose to the challenge set by Tottenham boss Antonio Conte ahead of Carabao Cup clash with West Ham by scoring and then setting up the winner to send Spurs marching on into the semis

  • Steven Bergwijn was on target as Tottenham defeated West Ham in the cup
  • The Dutchman scored the opener and played a role in creating the winner 
  • Bergwijn has revealed how Antonio Conte laid down the gauntlet beforehand 
  • Spurs have been drawn to face Chelsea in the Carabao Cup semi-finals 


Tottenham star Steven Bergwijn has revealed how Antonio Conte challenged him to go out and prove himself ahead of the Carabao Cup clash with West Ham.

Spurs defeated their London rivals and booked a place in the last four of the competition as a result, with Bergwijn playing a starring role.

The Dutchman scored the opening goal, before later crafting an opening for Lucas Moura to score what would turn out to be the match-winning goal.

Steven Bergwijn has revealed how Antonio Conte challenged him to go out and prove himself ahead of the Carabao Cup clash with West Ham

Steven Bergwijn has revealed how Antonio Conte challenged him to go out and prove himself ahead of the Carabao Cup clash with West Ham

Conte asked Bergwijn to be direct and take opponents on in one-on-one situations if possible

Conte asked Bergwijn to be direct and take opponents on in one-on-one situations if possible

And, following the action, Bergwijn opened up on what new boss Conte said to him, to inspire him into putting on an eye-catching performance following a period out of the starting XI.

‘I didn’t play for a while, okay, 10 minutes maybe, but it’s different when you start a game,’ Bergwijn told Tottenham’s official website. 

‘After the goal, it went alright, I think. I’m happy. It’s my quality to go one v one and the coach said to me, “when you get the opportunity, do it”, I saw the space and did it.”

The Dutchman scored the opening goal and played a starring role in creating the winner

The Dutchman scored the opening goal and played a starring role in creating the winner

The Holland international had been handed only his seventh start of what has been an up and down campaign so far, but admitted that Conte is now starting to demand more of his fringe players in a bid to get all senior stars to prove themselves. 

He added: ‘The coach said before that the players who start need to give him answers. 

‘At the beginning of the game, I lost a couple of easy balls, but after that, I think I did a better job. I’m just happy with the win.’

Tottenham have been drawn to face another of their London rivals in the semi-finals of the competition, after being pitted against Chelsea.

The victors of that fixture will face either Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool or Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal in the final. 

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