Tottenham: Antonio Conte HITS BACK at Pep Guardiola's claims Spurs scored on counter in Man City win

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‘Counter-attacks?!? Maybe not…’: Antonio Conte HITS BACK at Pep Guardiola’s claims Tottenham scored on the break by sharing clips of ALL three goals in their shock victory at Man City to prove his point

  • Tottenham boss Antonio Conte has responded to Pep Guardiola’s comments 
  • The Man City boss admitted frustration at the way Spurs were set up defensively
  • He said they ‘created a lot of space to run on the counter-attack’ in 3-2 victory
  • Conte has hit back by sharing clips of all three of Spurs’ goals on Saturday night 


Tottenham manager Antonio Conte has responded to Pep Guardiola’s comments about his side’s gameplan in their surprise 3-2 victory at Manchester City.

Spurs came away with all three points from the Etihad following a pulsating five-goal thriller on Saturday, but City boss Guardiola lamented their ‘deep and compact’ defending.

The Spaniard admitted frustration at Tottenham’s defensive set-up and said they ‘created a lot of space to run on the counter-attack.’

Dejan Kulusevski put Tottenham ahead against Man City after the play started from a goal-kick

Dejan Kulusevski put Tottenham ahead against Man City after the play started from a goal-kick

Spurs boss Antonio Conte has hit back at Pep Guardiola's frustration at their defensive set-up

Spurs boss Antonio Conte has hit back at Pep Guardiola’s frustration at their defensive set-up

Conte reacted by sharing clips of all three goals in Saturday's win onto his Instagram page

Conte reacted by sharing clips of all three goals in Saturday’s win onto his Instagram page

Now, Conte has hit back by sharing clips of all three goals on Saturday night onto his Instagram page with the caption: ‘Counter-attacks?!? Maybe not…’

Three face with tears of joy emojis completed the caption to the footage of Dejan Kulusevski scoring and Harry Kane’s brace.

January loan signing Kulusevski stunned the Premier League leaders just four minutes into the contest following a sweeping move which started from goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Harry Kane put Spurs 2-1 up after another passage of play which originated in their own box

Harry Kane put Spurs 2-1 up after another passage of play which originated in their own box

Kane then headed the ball home to seal dramatic 3-2 win, following a 12-pass passage of play

Kane then headed the ball home to seal dramatic 3-2 win, following a 12-pass passage of play

Ilkay Gundogan pulled a goal back on the half-hour mark but Spurs talisman Kane resorted their lead after another passage of play which originated in their own box.

Riyad Mahrez looked to have rescued a point for the hosts when he beat Lloris from the penalty spot late on, but there was still time for more drama as Kane struck the winner right at the death. 

The England captain headed the ball home after a 12-pass move which included Spurs recycling the ball with City set up defensively.

After defeat and conceding ground to Liverpool in the title race, Guardiola said: ‘After going behind, they defended so deep and so compact – it was incredible.

‘They don’t lose the ball with Harry Kane and can run as well with Son and Kulusevski.

Guardiola said Tottenham 'created a lot of space to run on the counter-attack' in 3-2 victory

Guardiola said Tottenham ‘created a lot of space to run on the counter-attack’ in 3-2 victory

‘I think we played well. We created a lot of chances. I can’t say anything wrong about the team because we were there all the time. But it was difficult.

‘They played the way I expected them to play. They were good in the build-up and created a lot of space to run on the counter-attack, but in general we coped well and played a good game.

‘Everyone knows what Kane gives. For the first goal we defended the pass inside badly, but after 10 to 15 minutes we created a lot of chances. Lloris was brilliant. We have to score more.’

The shock result at the Etihad meant that City’s lead at the top was cut to just six points following Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Norwich. 

Jurgen Klopp’s side have the chance to close that to just three points when they welcome Leeds to Anfield on Wednesday night.  

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