Liverpool are an example to follow for Tottenham manager Antonio Conte, who has no problem with Jurgen Klopp’s derogatory comments on the Spurs’ style of play.
Spurs will host Liverpool on Sunday, with the teams separated by 10 points.
While Conte’s side are third, five points behind leaders Arsenal, Liverpool enter the field after consecutive defeats to Nottingham Forest and Leeds United, leaving them ninth.
Last season, both league fixtures between Liverpool and Spurs ended in a thrilling 2-2 draw at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in December, while Anfield’s match in May ended 1-1.
After this last game, in which the Spurs had only eight shots against the 22 of the hosts but finished with an expected goal value (xG) similar to Liverpool (from 1.3 to 1.4), Klopp is I was frustrated by Conte’s defensive approach, saying, “I don’t ‘” I like this kind of football … I can’t coach it. I think they are world class and should do more for the game: world class players block all balls. “
Conte shrugged off Klopp’s comments, insisting that there is no bad blood between him and the Liverpool manager, although the Italian was quick to note that it was a result he ultimately played against. the Reds not being up to the title.
He said at the press conference: “Yes, but if you remember he lost the Premier League for this result.
“I understood his frustration. They lost the title for these two points. But you know, instead we reached the Champions League with that draw.
“Okay, every coach has to speak on behalf of his team and it is important for every coach to understand the best strategy to achieve a good result.
“Honestly, I saw the last game against Liverpool and, if there was a team that deserved to win, it was Tottenham, not Liverpool.
But I understand after a game when you heard you lost the Premier League to say something wrong against another team, but he apologized because he understood.
“No problem for me. When you are angry, it is sometimes very difficult to control your emotions.”
Spurs have invested the money to support Conte’s side as they head into their first full season in North London – business that appears to be paying off, with Tottenham also making it through to the Champions League round of 16.
And Conte sees the Liverpool model as an ideal model to follow.
“I think Liverpool should be proud because they have been Manchester City’s great, great rival for the past five years,” said Conte.
“Without Liverpool I think it could be like Italy with Juventus.
This is why they must be proud to reach this level and I think they have improved a lot over the years. Sure, they spent money, but Klopp changed Liverpool and the club gave him a chance to invest.
We are talking about an important club in the world with the possibility of spending a lot of money, but it is important to spend the money in the right way.
“I think it was really difficult to become City’s rival and you need important players, you need the players to be really strong if you want to win. Otherwise you have to be honest and say you have other ambitions.”