Antonio Conte praised Pape Matar Sarr after Tottenham’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea

Pape Matar Sarr
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Spurs manager Antonio Conte gave a special mention to Spurs midfielder Pape Matar Sarr after the 2-2 draw with Chelsea, despite the youngster not playing in the game.

A heated London derby saw both sides take a point from the match, and both managers given a red card after an altercation at the final whistle (BBC Sport). Luckily, Conte appeared calm and collected in his post-match interview.

Midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg scored the first equaliser for Spurs at Stamford Bridge, and Conte was delighted to see the Dane get on the scoresheet. According to the Italian, that’s something he wants from all his central midfielders this season.

Young Senegal international Pape Matar Sarr may not have been a part of the 20-man squad for yesterday’s big game, but he is clearly on Antonio Conte’s mind.

The exciting midfielder was signed from Metz last summer, but remained with the Ligue 1 side on a season-long loan (Transfermarkt). He has now returned to North London, and could well be part of Conte’s plans this year.

Speaking to SpursTV after the Chelsea match, Conte said: “First of all I’m really happy for Pierre because I push a lot my midfielders to arrive at the edge of the box and to shoot.

“I think Pierre, Rodrigo, Skippy, and Bissouma the same. Sarr is a young guy but if he continues to work in this way he is a really good prospect.

“It was important for us because we also need goals from the midfielders.”

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While it’s still unclear whether Sarr will remain with Spurs for the season or head out on loan again, it’s obvious that Conte rates him very highly and that he will be a big part of the future at Tottenham Hotspur.

Personally, it would be great to see him stay in North London this year and get some minutes under his belt. With the number of games Spurs have this year, it’s likely Sarr would see some action and that’s something that a lot of fans are excited about.

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