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Antonio Conte asserts Spurs’ comeback draw against Brentford.



Antonio Conte says he was pleased with how Tottenham Hotspur secured a comeback draw against Brentford on Boxing Day.

The Lilywhites launched a remarkable comeback to prevent a loss at the Gtech Community Stadium on Monday afternoon.


The Bees rattled Conte’s Spurs and got their reward in the 15th minute when Vitaly Janelt broke the deadlock.



Brentford then extended their lead when Ivan Toney took advantage of Tottenham’s poor defending and fired home from close range to make it 2-0.


It looked like Brentford were heading for a win until the 65th minute when England captain Harry Kane pulled one back for the awayside.


And six minutes later, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg levelled the score after a deflected cross fell on his feet.

"To have another comeback is positive."


Following the draw, Tottenham boss Conte, told BBC’s MOTD: "My assessment about the second part of the game was really good. It was an exciting game. I like to win every time but I know very well it is not possible.


"Brentford made big trouble for Manchester City. They created problems especially in the first part of the game. They went 1-0 up and in the second half we conceded from a corner. Then I think we played really well. We hit the cross bar.

"To have another comeback is positive but on the other hand we need to be more stable. It was our intention to start strongly. We have to continue to work and try and improve our level.

"Since last season we have made a good step. Now we have to continue to push ourselves. It is not easy. We have shown big character."



Conte 'happy' for 'important' Kane


When speaking to Amazon Prime, the Italian heaped praise on goalscorer Harry Kane: "He had a programme to follow [after the World Cup] and when he came back he was good.


"You know his importance for us, his personality, his character. For us, he is an important player and I am happy that he scored today."


On Kane's late opportunity to win the match, he asserted: "The cross was good but the central defender is physically really strong and showed a great desire. "We could win at the end but it's OK. It's the first game after a month without football."


The result against Thomas Frank's side means Spurs currently sit in the final spot of the Champions League, following Newcastle’s convincing win over Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.


However, Conte said of the top-four competition: "You have to change many aspects to become a winner.


"In the top four now there is not Chelsea, Liverpool or Manchester United. We are talking about big, big clubs with the ability to go into the transfer market."


'Big mistake to doubt Kane'



Goalscorer Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg added: "The biggest mistake you can do in football is to doubt Harry Kane. He is a machine. To underestimate his strength is a big mistake. He has the quality to be number one in the world."



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