Tottenham: Antonio Conte warns Jurgen Klopp against criticising opponents after ‘excuses’ from Liverpool boss

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Antonio Conte has advised Jurgen Klopp to stop talking about other teams after the Liverpool manager criticised Tottenham's approach at Anfield and says the Reds were lucky to come away with a draw on Saturday.

Klopp took aim at Conte's tactics after Spurs' derailed Liverpool's title challenge, saying he did not like “this kind of football” and claiming the visitors “should do more”. The German later admitted he was wrong and said he would not say the same again.

Conte set up his side with a back five without the ball, and they finished the game with 35 percent of possession. But Spurs nonetheless created chances in transition, and took the lead just before the hour through Heung-min Son before being pegged back by Luis Diaz's deflected equaliser.

Conte said Klopp will know it was a point gained for Liverpool and warned the Reds manager to focus on his own side's problems in future.

“We analysed the game the day after, and for sure if there was a team that deserved to win and created the chances to win, it was Tottenham not Liverpool,” Conte said. “In this game, I think Klopp understood he gained one point, not lost two points.

“Jurgen is an intelligent person, he's very clever. He was a bit frustrated after the game.

“At the same time, for us, for a top coach or for every coach, it's important to learn that after the game it's important be focused on your team, not your opponent. To be focused on your opponent, it means you want to find an excuse or alibi because your job didn't work or something was wrong.”

Conte himself has reacted furiously to poor results this season and hinted he could walk away from the job after Spurs' 1-0 reverse at Burnley in February.

“Honestly, for the coach it's not simple, it's not easy after the game,” he added. “You have to try to keep a cool head. Sometimes it's not easy or simple.

“If you remember this season I was disappointed for a bad result and I was disappointed with myself, with my players. When we lost against Burnley and if you remember I gave to myself the fault about the defeat.

“Sometimes we're a bit frustrated, especially when you arrive at the end of the season and you understand that a bad game and a bad result can change the target for you.

“But I repeat, I have great respect for Jurgen and I know that he respects me a lot. This is a good chance for him, for me and all the coaches to learn that during the game you never speak about your opponents. It's important to be focused on your team and the situations where you can maybe do better. You speak about your own problems.”

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