‘Counterattacks?’ – Antonio Conte appears to aim dig at Pep Guardiola on social media

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Antonio Conte
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Antonio Conte has appeared to have questioned Pep Guardiola’s claim that Tottenham Hotspur played on the counter-attack against Manchester City.

As expected, City dominated possession at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday but Tottenham managed to restrict the home side to a few chances.

The return of Eric Dier certainly proved timely as the England international marshalled the backline impressively with Cristian Romero and Ben Davies either side of him.

Harry Kane was undoubtedly the star of the show for the North Londoners, with the striker not just finding the back of the net on two occasions and having another goal disallowed but also showcasing his impressive hold-up play and passing range.

Speaking after his side’s 3-2 loss, Guardiola said: “They played the way I expected them to play. They were good in the build-up and created a lot of space to run on the counter-attack, but in general we coped well and played a good game” (Daily Mail).

The City boss’ comments have seemingly not gone down well with his opposite number, with Conte taking to social media to post a video of all three of Tottenham’s goals at the Etihad and pointing out that none of them were scored from counter-attacks.

Here’s what Conte posted on Instagram:

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As Conte points out, all three of our goals came from impressive build-up play from the back rather than from us winning the ball high up the pitch. We did not receive enough credit for the way we passed out from the back on Saturday.

The way we took control and played through City for Kane’s stoppage-time match-winner was particularly impressive, considering the suckerpunch we had been hit with after the penalty decision.

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