Antonio Conte of Tottenham is a happy man after drawing with Everton

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The manager of Tottenham Hotspur, Antonio Conte is happy that his team got an away draw against Everton on Sunday, November 7, 2021.

The Premier League game was his first league game in charge of the north London side. His first game in charge of the club was a Europa Conference League game against Vitesse on November 4. The game ended 3-2 in favor of Spurs.

Antonio Conte hosted Vitesse at Tottenham Hotspur stadium barely 48 hours after he was appointed to replace sacked Nuno Espirito Santo.

Three days after, the Italian tactician traveled with Tottenham Hotspur to Goodison Park to play against Rafael Benitez’s Everton side.

Everton recorded 12 shots, 2 of which were on target. While Tottenham Hotspur recorded 8 shots, none was on target. At the end of the day, the two teams could not score each other.

Tottenham Hotspur recorded 56 percent of the ball possession as against Everton’s 44 percent. The visitors made 534 passes while the hosts made 428 passes.

“I’m happy with the draw as we have to start,” Antonio Conte told Sky Sports.

“I started to work with my players on Wednesday. We’ve had two games that were vitally important as we needed to win in the Conference League – we want to be competitive in that competition to give satisfaction to our fans. Then to play at Everton is not a good place for the opponent. I have seen some situations in the tactical aspects but the situations I liked were the players wanted to fight. This is the best news.

“For at this moment, the result is good. We needed a point to start. Now we need to keep close to fourth place and be competitive to close the gap.

“The game against Vitesse was important as we could use video to show the players what we want. For sure, we made mistakes. But we need to work and memorize situations with the ball. We need to understand very well when to go and press to break the defensive line. Usually, I’m not happy after a draw, but the work is the only medicine for us.”

An advantage opened up for Tottenham Hotspur very late in the game when Everton’s Mason Holgate was shown the red card in injury time. But that could not change anything due to little or no time.

Antonio Conte of Tottenham is a happy man after drawing with Everton
A photograph of Antonio Conte making his way to Goodison Park on Sunday, November 7.

On the other hand, Everton were very close to getting a penalty in the second half when Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris fouled on Richarlison. However, the match’s referee Chris Kavanagh overturned the decision after viewing the pitchside monitor.

“My view is very simple – if VAR calls you and you go and watch you see then it is difficult to make a mistake,” said Conte.

“I have seen and Lloris has touched the ball before. To make a mistake after watching VAR is impossible and I am sure in this situation he took the right decision for him.”

The 0-0 draw has pushed Tottenham Hotspur to the 9th spot on the league table with 16 points in 11 games. While Everton are currently sitting on the 11th spot on the league table with 15 points in 11 games.