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Tottenham boss Antonio Conte: I could make better VAR decisions from my own home

Tottenham manager Antonio Conte continued his tirade against VAR on Friday by insisting it is cutting the emotion of the game and joked he could make better decisions from his own home.

Spurs were left furious during Wednesday’s Champions League fixture with Sporting Lisbon when Harry Kane was denied a stoppage-time winner after he was adjudged to be marginally ahead of the ball and therefore offside.

Conte lambasted the technology and accused it of being dishonest against his team following the draw with Sporting, which means Tottenham still need a point in Marseille on Tuesday to qualify for the Champions League last 16.

He remained unhappy when he spoke at a press conference ahead of Saturday’s trip to Bournemouth and said: “What happened in the last game was incredible, incredible.

“You score, you are already qualified for the next round, you are celebrating and then you have to stay for five minutes to look at the situation with VAR and you take the decision and you don’t know if it’s right or wrong.

“This is not football in this way also because you cut the emotion, the emotion of everybody and especially the players because you don’t know.

“You score a goal and you don’t know what happens later. Did someone commit a foul one minute before? Or discover a foul one minute before and then they go to disallow this? It happened this. It happened but it only happened when they want (it) to happen. This is the difference.

Harry Kane (third right) appealed to referee Danny Makkelie when his goal was ruled out after a VAR check (Steven Paston/PA)

“But when I stay at home and I see the image, I am watching another game and I see the image, the VAR, then for me it is easy to take the best decision.

“Instead then you see for example they take the opposite decision. Oh, I don’t know football or maybe who stays in the VAR, they are seeing another image.”

The Italian reiterated in his mind it was “impossible” for VAR to make mistakes given the time and extra images the official gets to view.

He was more positive about his time at Tottenham ahead of the anniversary of his appointment next week.

Conte added: “I’m enjoying my time at Tottenham. I think in one year we had a great path together with the club, the players and the fans. I’m enjoying every single moment with my adventure in Tottenham.

“For sure, I discovered a modern club, a club with fantastic training ground, amazing stadium, the passion of our fans and at the same time also the demands of our fans. Because with our fans the demand is very high! Yeah, I continue to enjoy every day to stay here, to work here for this club.”

Bryan Gil made another strong impression from the bench in midweek but is yet to play in the Premier League this season.

The Spain international was likened to Bernardo Silva by his manager, who has used the attacker three times as a substitute in the Champions League.

“Bryan Gil is a player that I always said to you is a really good prospect but physically is not so strong,” Conte said.

“I believe in him, otherwise I don’t risk playing him in the Champions League. But I try to find the right moments when he can be useful for the situation we’re facing at that moment.

Bryan Gil (left) was in action against Sporting Lisbon this week (Steven Paston/PA)

“I’m sure about Gil’s future because we’re talking about a player who sees football. When I ask him something in the training session, he understands quickly and also his desire is to become an important player.

“If I have to compare him with someone I can see him like Bernardo Silva at (Manchester) City in his structure. But, for me, at this moment Silva is physically stronger than him but we are talking about this type of player.”

Spurs have been fined £20,000 by the Football Association after admitting they failed to ensure their players conducted in an orderly fashion during last weekend’s match with Newcastle.

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