Antonio Conte has praised the professionalism of Harry Kane following a week of criticism after his controversial part in Tottenham’s draw with Liverpool last weekend.
The 28-year-old scored in the 2-2 draw against the Reds, but stole the headlines after escaping a red card for a hard challenge on Andrew Robertson.
Despite a check from the VAR, Kane was handed a caution despite sliding studs-up against the Scotland international’s lower leg.
The incident was part of a host of scrappy decisions throughout the encounter, with the performance of referee Paul Tierney being heavily criticised by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp after the game.
Kane has since been the subject of mass criticism, but Spurs boss Conte believes it is good that the England captain is going through such a period as it is part and parcel of being a world-class player.
He said (via Football.London): “I think that we have to….Harry is very professional and when you are a world-class striker for sure in a positive or negative way, the people speak about him.
“The best is to face the situation is to find in every moment a good balance especially for example you are not scoring and for sure you are under fire and there is a lot of criticism about you.
“Harry is a player, a world-class striker and it is good to face this type of situation. When there are positive situation and then there are negative situation.
“The most important thing is that he gives me everything when he plays and I am happy as his commitment is top in every game and if he scores we are happy, but if he does not score then the most important thing is that his commitment is top and he works for the team. And for this reason I have great respect for him.”
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Kane was very fortunate to escape a red card last weekend and he has since been receiving a lot of criticism for the challenge. Now he faces the task of bouncing back from the criticism surrounding him, which Conte clearly believes he can do.
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