Goals, comebacks, red cards … Conte, the first match against Tottenham was good but what an effort

Rocket start for the Spurs with the Italian coach on the bench: 3 goals in 28 minutes. Then the comeback of the Dutch and the expulsion of Romero scare the former Inter who, however, manages to get the 3 points

Antonio Conte’s return to London is a TV series, more than a 90-minute match. Tottenham dominate Vitesse in the first half hour, go above three goals and then suffer a partial comeback in the first half. Former Atalanta Cristian Romero is naively expelled in the second half, but the Dutch waste everything with two more red cards in the final and fall 3-2. Conte begins with a victory in the Conference League, but there is a lot of work to be done.


The first Conte-branded Spurs begin immediately with the 3-man defense, made up of Eric Dier, Romero and Ben Davies. The trident formed by Lucas Moura, Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son then means that the former Inter Milan has every intention of starting his second London adventure with a victory, regardless of whether it is the Conference League. And in fact at 14 ‘the English are scared by a shot from Maximilian Wittek just to the side but, on the overturning in front, an action rebounded several times ends with the tap-in of the most reactive of all, the South Korean Son: 1-0. The Dutch in the English capital are by no means extras, but the Asian winger in the 21st minute presses a great shot against the post as evidence of the danger of their respective attacks. A minute later it’s up to Moura to double, good at finalizing a triangulation with Kane and taking advantage of a wicked offside line from Vitesse. At 28 ‘the game seems to have already ended, because another carom initially seems to save the Gialloneri, but the “goal line technology” is merciless: Jacob Rasmussen’s is an own goal in all respects. Tris. And to think that the Dutch won the first leg …


However, the Danish defender on loan from Fiorentina reminds Conte that the problems have not vanished by magic already in the half hour, with a header that is worth the momentary 3-1 and the personal revenge after the clumsy own goal. The specter of Nuno Espirito Santo still seems to be at Tottenham Stadium and a mistake by Moura allows Vitesse to shorten it further, also thanks to a nice cross shot by Matus Bero. The interval is the best tool for Conte to groom his team, but in the quarter of an hour of the second half Romero chokes his coach really naively: I trip with my arm to Lois Openda and second yellow, Spurs in 10. It goes without saying that Hugo Lloris has to go into “hero” mode and repeatedly flies from pole to pole to avoid another European misstep. The guest attack is willing but not very effective, moreover with Danilho Doekhi who decides to imitate Romero 10 ‘from the end: another double yellow and numerical parity re-established. Sigh of relief, also because even goalkeeper Markus Schubert gets thrown out for a senseless touch of hand on the trocar in the final: Conte’s first Tottenham is a winner, English second in the group. But how much effort …


At the end of the match, Antonio Conte’s words: “It was a match to be won at all costs that showed our shortcomings. There is a lot of work to do but there is room for growth and for doing well. This is a beautiful environment. , they welcomed me very well, playing in this atmosphere is very nice. I want to repay this affection with work. It’s the only way I know. You have to be patient “.

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Goals, comebacks, red cards … Conte, the first match against Tottenham was good but what an effort

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