Fans have took to slam Tottenham players at full time and Antonio Conte over some ‘pathetic’ post-match comments made on Harry Kane.
Harry Kane played a total of 59 minutes in Spurs’ Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Nottingham Forest with his participation at the City Ground was in doubt due to tiredness.
However Antonio Conte said he had no choice but to start him due to injuries in his squad, telling the media in an interview after his side lost to Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night.
Antonio Conte discusses the fitness of Harry Kane after last night’s Carabao Cup loss to Nottingham Forest ⚽ pic.twitter.com/uNRORoajH9
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) November 10, 2022
Kane has started every game for Spurs this season and was named in the starting line-up but was withdrawn after 59 minutes, with his side two down, in a seemingly pre-planned move, but the England international has played all but 33 minutes of Tottenham’s 12 games in the last 39 days.
Conte revealed Kane pulled out of Tuesday’s training session to save energy, but it isn’t ideal with England’s campaign in Qatar starting on the 21st of November, with another Premier League game on Saturday to come.
“With Harry, until this morning we waited to see if he could start or not,” the Italian said. “But in this situation, he was the only striker for us. For this reason, I can only say thanks for the availability they show me.
“It was a problem of tiredness. Really, really tired and yesterday we had a soft training session and at one point he stopped himself to recover energy.
“But he’s okay, it’s only fatigue but it’s normal because Harry played every game. When you have a player like him it’s difficult to decide you don’t play with him.
“Other players maybe they could tell me, ‘I’m tired and don’t want to play and help the team’. I have a group of players who are men and good players because of this.
“Another could be selfish and think for himself because in one week they have to play the World Cup. Instead, Harry Kane showed to be a really good man.
“Today it was really difficult if Kane told me, ‘maybe it’s better I don’t start today because I risk a lot to have an injury’.
“But I repeat, it’s normal, what’s happening in this period.”
Jesse Lingard finally broke his Forest duck, adding to Renan Lodi’s opener to book Forest into the last 16 of the Carabao Cup.
Forest boss Steve Cooper said: “I thought he was excellent. He scored one with his head and could have scored another with his head.
“I thought his positional play was good. He took up the spaces and found the spaces really well.
“And, more importantly, he did what you want your attacking players to do – you want them to be a threat and have end product.
“He did that, not just with the goal, but some of his final passes and link-up play was really good, too. I’m really pleased with him tonight, as I am with everybody else.”
After the final whistle, a number of Tottenham fans weren’t happy with how many players came to showed respect to the travelling support. A video can be sen below…
— Chris Cowlin (@ChrisCowlin) November 9, 2022
Twitter users reacted as fans slam Tottenham players at full time and Antonio Conte over his ‘pathetic’ post-match comments…
@GraemeRchardson: Awwwww poor Harry 🤣🤣 fatigued cause all he does is chase and cry at refs
@Bluefox63: Conte had the chance to rest Kane but chose not to.
@RedDevilDavid78: Every game? It’s fucking the beginning of November
@NickWithey1: Must be killing him those 90 minute shifts potentially twice a week.
@Spurs77: Should have played a completely weakened team last night and gave him a break. At least that could have been an excuse for yet another awful performance (team, not just Kane).
@BazLCFC: What must people waking up to Day 4 of their 5/6 day working week be thinking. “really, really tired”? 2 games a week with lots of time in between to rest. Not to mention what he earns for 2 games a week. Dare you rest him at weekend Conte!
@davidwells8: Its not hard playing two games a week with the support they have. Maybe he trains harder than he plays matches as he doesn’t do anything on the pitch. Just slowly jogs around making out he does something.
@DovRFC: Fatigue. Try working 6-7 long days a week hard graft like many of their punters to keep their families provided for 😂
@JMccormick007: Anyone got the numbers since he mentioned Arteta constantly complaining the volume that either manager actually complains? Seems every week from Conte. If Kane is exhausted then why is he playing in a pointless cup game?
@MarkMidge: Why start him in every single game then! Same goes for England in pointless games too
@Sloan_12: Coz you’ve played him every game mate
@RobsonGreen7: If they weren’t so desperate to beat a forest reserve side they could of rested him. Got to feel for Harry playing in that rubbish side. No wonder he tried to escape them 4/5 times.
@DaveCrowther11: Three and a half months into the season and he’s “really really tired”!! Give me strength!!!
@HarryScarfe22: They should be ashamed of themselves
@Imjustbrowsing5: Too tired from playing every second day
@spurs_upnorth: Too embarrassed clearly
@jay_barwood: As if I wasn’t fucked off enough tonight. Clap the fucking fans off, who’ve travelled hundreds of miles to watch that shit
@DianeGreen_thfc: That’s disgraceful.
@spursodyssey: I didn’t stay to applaud them, so it doesn’t matter really. I expect they were too ashamed.
@J_Wallace_84: Shame on them after that spineless showing.