Antonio Conte surprised by incredible referee call against Chelsea

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Tottenham Hotspur News: Antonio Conte suffered his first defeat in the Premier League as a Spurs manager. Chelsea ran out 2-0 winners to bring an end to his 9 matches unbeaten streak.

The Blues scored twice in quick succession in the second half through Hakim Ziyech and Thiago Silva, to grab all 3 points. Conte was left frustrated with one of the referee’s decisions, as Harry Kane’s first-half goal was chalked off.

Kane seemed to have put his side ahead right before half-time, but Paul Tierney ruled it out. The referee deemed that Kane had fouled Thiago Silva in the buildup to the goal, for minimal contact on the part of the English striker.

The Italian manager did not understand the decision from the referee and questioned it after the match. He did not get how the goal was ruled out, especially in England, given the physical nature of the Premier League.

“In the first half the referee disallowed a goal, I was very clear with him in a polite way, but to see this type of goal disallowed in England was incredible,” Conte said. “Maybe in Italy, it was 50-50, but in England it was incredible.

Harry Kane argues with the referee

The decision to chalk off the goal became a very big point of debate during the match. A goal for Spurs at that time could potentially have turned the tide of the match.

Several football pundits also seemed a bit bemused at how the goal was ruled out for a slight shove in the back on Thiago Silva. The decision also surprised Chelsea coach, Thomas Tuchel, who later on said that he thought the goal should have stood.

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Antonio Conte was also critical of Paul Tierney’s decision to award Tanganga a yellow card in the first half. Tanganga received a booking for what looked like a soft challenge on Hudson Odoi, which seemingly meant he needed to tread with care for the rest of the match.

“What also hurt me a lot was the yellow card to (Japhet) Tanganga. It can seem a stupid thing but the yellow card changed the game for him. It also meant we had to substitute him. The referee tried to make the best decision. It could be good or bad.”

Despite the refereeing decisions, Chelsea were evidently the better team on the park and the difference in class between the two sides showed yet again. This was a third consecutive defeat for Tottenham Hotspur against Chelsea this month.

Although the good work seems to have started under Conte, he desperately needs signings in January. It is the only way they will become serious contenders for the Top-4 this season.

Tottenham Hotspur are currently seventh in the league with 36 points from 20 matches. Spurs remain 2 points behind Manchester United but have 2 games in hand. Antonio Conte now has a couple of weeks in hand as Spurs next take on Brighton on the 4th of February in the FA Cup.

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