Antonio Conte hailed Tottenham Hotspur’s “big men” as they staged a thrilling fightback to draw 2-2 with Brentford in the Premier League on Monday after the World Cup break.In their first Premier League game since mid-November, Conte’s side drew between Vitaly Janelt and ivan toney Let Brentford command at the Community Stadium.but Harry Kane Since missing a crucial penalty in England’s World Cup quarter-final loss to France, he has helped Spurs recover with a goal in their first game.
Brentford haven’t beaten Tottenham since 1948 and their long wait for victory over the north Londoners continues Peter-Emil Hoiberg The score was tied with 19 minutes left in the game.
The gripping drama may not have had as high stakes as Argentina’s penalty shootout victory over France in the World Cup final, but Tottenham’s valiant escape highlights why the English top flight remains the world’s preeminent domestic league.
“I rate the second part of the game very well. It was an exciting game. I like to win every time, but I know it’s impossible,” Conte said.
“It’s positive to come back again, but on the other hand we need to be more consistent.
“We’ve come a long way since last season. Now we have to keep pushing ourselves. It’s not easy. We’ve shown a lot of character.”
Tottenham are fourth in the table and four points clear of fifth-placed Manchester United in the race for Champions League qualification.
In other games later on Monday, leaders Arsenal host London rivals West Ham, Liverpool travel to Aston Villa, while third-placed Newcastle take on Leicester City.
Tottenham have conceded 11 goals in their last five league games and they added another after just 15 minutes in west London.
tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris France rested after World Cup final defeat, so Fraser Foster Start on target.
Foster’s league debut for Tottenham got off to a rough start when he feebly pushed Matthias Janssen’s volley past German midfielder Jarnett, who scored from close range.
For the ninth straight game in all competitions, Conte’s side have conceded their first goal.
– Mental Spurs –
Kane vainly called for a penalty when he went down after being visibly pulled by his opponent. benmei Early in the second half.
Anxiety deepened when Tottenham were penalized for more sloppy defense in the 54th minute.
Toney, who was overlooked as a possible replacement for Kane in England’s World Cup squad, started for Brentford despite gambling charges against him pending at the FA.
The 26-year-old has been charged with 262 counts of alleged gaming rule violations, but he doesn’t seem to be bothered by the controversies.
Eric Dier’s miscued clearance conceded a corner and an unmarked Toni fired in from inside the six-yard box after a set-piece Christianity Norgard nodded.
With Tottenham in disarray, an immediate response was needed and Kane delivered in the 65th minute.
Clement LangleyA well-placed cross picked out the England captain, who rose to head the ball into the far corner.
It was Kane’s 196th Premier League goal and his first against Brentford, meaning he has now scored in all 32 league goals he has faced All teams scored.
Bryan Mbeumo should have restored Brentford’s two-goal pad later, but he fired from close range.
Hojbjerg ended Tottenham’s counterattack with a superb curling kick in the 71st minute, which proved to be a crucial error.
Tottenham were outraged when their penalty appeal was denied for handball before Kane hit goal in a frantic final.
Kane came within inches of winning in the closing minutes but his header hit the bar.
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