When we missed the penalty I was a bit scared – Antonio Conte
Antonio Conte admitted he was scared when Harry Kane missed a penalty at the final minutes in their UCL win over Frankfurt.
Spurs picked up a very important victory against the German side but it was far from a comfortable win for Antonio Conte’s men.
“When we missed the penalty I was a bit scared,” he said. “I thought ‘anything can happen now’.
“It’s a pity about the final part [of the match]. It was a really good performance but we must take a big lesson. Not only the players but myself because I tried also to exploit this situation, giving rest to the players and those who had a yellow card.
“Everyone thought it was over, even the fans. But the game finishes with the final whistle. We made a big mistake. We conceded a corner and they score, then we had the opportunity to score and we missed the penalty.
“There was a positive aspect and then there was the negative aspect but for us it will be a great achievement to go to the next round because this was our target.”
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Making it to the next round would have been very much in doubt had Spurs failed to win given they drew their previous match with Frankfurt and lost to Sporting CP, and the manager admits it would have been disastrous.
“It would have been a disaster if we drew a game like this,” Conte said.
“We have to stay focused until the end. We scored good goals. We suffered. We had to try to handle the situation. We had to stay in the game. We must take a lesson from this.”
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