‘Maybe in Italy’ – Antonio Conte reacts to Harry Kane’s goal being disallowed

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Antonio Conte
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Antonio Conte has expressed his disbelief at Harry Kane’s goal being disallowed against Chelsea this evening, claiming it should not happen in the Premier League. 

The Spurs boss seemed to line up with a smash and grab in mind with a depleted squad at Stamford Bridge, naming a back four and two wing-backs against his former club.

Japhet Tanganga, Eric Dier, Davinson Sanchez and Ben Davies made up the back four, all of whom are arguably central defenders, with Ryan Sessegnon and Matt Doherty out wide.

However, it appeared to work to perfection at the end of the first half when, after soaking up pressure from the Blues, Spurs broke away and put the ball in the back of the net through Kane.

Unfortunately, the referee blew up for a foul in the build-up, claiming Kane had pushed Thiago Silva over before scoring, although the replays appeared to contradict that decision.

The foul was seemingly not sent to VAR and the teams went into the break goalless before Chelsea ran away with the second 45 and won 2-0.

Conte had this to say on the disallowed Kane goal (Football London): “For sure today was difficult for injuries and to make the starting XI but at the same time I’m proud of the performance of my players because I think we made a big effort against Chelsea.

“In the first half the referee disallowed a goal and I was very clear with him. It was incredible to see this goal disallowed in England.

“Maybe in Italy 50-50 but not in England. It’s incredible. It also annoyed me a lot the yellow card for Tanganga. It changed the way he could play and we had to substitute him.”

Spurs Web Opinion:

That disallowed goal perfectly summed up the below far refereeing in England this season. There needs to be a major refereeing reform in the Premier League, built around the use of VAR in my opinion. Currently, we are not using/applying the technology to its best potential.

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