Antonio Conte thinks Mikel Arteta should be more focused on his job and not complain so much after Tottenham’s 3-0 North London Derby win over Arsenal. A huge game for Spurs with Arsenal able to secure a Champions League place with a win, the Lilywhites had a nervous start but opened the scoring after 22 minutes thanks to Harry Kane’s penalty.
Doubling their advantage 15 minutes later with the striker heading in his second of the game, Son Heung-min completed the scoring shortly after the restart with a cool finish in the box. The result now leaves Spurs a point behind Arsenal going into the final two games of the campaign.
After seeing Rob Holding sent off for two yellow cards following fouls on Son, Arteta didn’t look happy at all when speaking to the media after the game and was clearly furious with referee Paul Tierney’s performance. Refusing to go into too much information given the risk of a possible FA suspension if he did, the Spaniard claimed the game was ‘destroyed’.
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“I can not do it [talk about the referees]. I’m really proud of my players and can’t wait for Monday night [vs Newcastle]. I want to be on the sidelines Monday night. I don’t want to be suspended,” he said.
“We wanted to play a game. We were so excited to play. You could see how we started. It was a great chance and it was destroyed.”
Following Arteta’s post-match comments, Conte was asked what his counterpart had said and made his feelings about the Arsenal boss clear. Stating he remained silent after some decisions were made against Spurs at Liverpool last Saturday, the 52-year-old also admitted he didn’t care the former Everton man didn’t take his advice .
“I think Mikel Arteta is a very good coach. He’s a very good coach. He’s just started doing this job and I think I hear him complaining a lot. I think he needs to focus more on his team and not complain,” he said. football.london.
“Because he has just started his job and I think he has to be calm and try to keep working. Because he is very good but listening to a coach complaining a lot of times is not good.
“But it’s ok, the red card for me was clear. Don’t forget against Liverpool I didn’t say anything about what happened with Fabinho, a lot of time, because if we want to complain we have the possibility in each game to talk about the referee, about the decision, about the postponed game, I think that’s the advice if you want to accept the advice. If you don’t, I don’t care form.”
He added: “If you remember he complained about the game. It’s not good to complain. Arsenal were good to postpone a game in an incredible way with Covid and they only had only one player with Covid. I haven’t forgotten him. If if he wants to complain, we have a lot of possibilities to complain.
“Now today I can complain why I have to play Sunday lunchtime and Arsenal have to play Monday night. And they still have a day off. We’ve played Leicester, Liverpool, Arsenal and now after only two days we have played and we have to play the first match at noon.”