Tottenham boss Antonio Conte issues fiery response to ‘excuse-maker’ Jurgen Klopp

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Antonio Conte has struck back at Jurgen Klopp for making ‘excuses’ after the Liverpool boss criticised Tottenham’s game plan in a 1-1 draw at Anfield on Saturday. The result made a huge dent in the Reds’ Premier League title prospects, and Conte claims that the emotion may have got the better of his managerial rival after a tense encounter. 

“I have respect for Jurgen and I know he respects me a lot and this is a good chance for him and me to learn that during the game you never have to speak about your opponent,” said Conte. “It is important to be focused on your team.

“He was a bit frustrated after the game but at the same time for every coach it is important to be focused on your team, not the opponent. It means you want to find an excuse or an alibi because your job was wrong.”

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