Antonio Conte suggested after Tottenham Hotspur’s win last night that he could complain about Liverpool midfielder Fabinho, He didn’t, though.
Tottenham Hotspur picked up a massive win last night as they smashed Arsenal 3-0 at home. It was a night to forget for the Gunners, who had Rob Holding sent off in the first half and gave away a penalty.
Mikel Arteta wasn’t very happy about that – but more because of the officiating. He claims a ‘beautiful game was destroyed’ by the decisions. Now, Antonio Conte didn’t agree with that.
In fact, Conte decided it was the right time to hand out advice to his rival, telling him he shouldn’t complain about refereeing decisions.
“[Arteta] complains a lot,” he told Football London. “He has to focus more on his team, he has to focus more on his work. He has to continue to work because he’s very good. To hear someone complain all the time is not so good”.
“At Liverpool do you hear me complain about Fabinho and all the fouls? No. He can take my advice if he wants, but if not, I don’t care.”
Antonio Conte on Fabinho
We didn’t hear him complain about Fabinho, admittedly. We actually had to think about what he meant there, too, but the suggestion is that the Brazilian made too many fouls against Spurs at the weekend.
It did take a while for Fabinho to get booked, admittedly. He certainly escaped a red card, too – but was there ever an actual risk of that? We hardly came away from the game believing Liverpool got lucky with Fabinho staying on the pitch.
Conte, however, appeared to come away with just those thoughts. We’ll just have to respectively disagree that it was an issue worth bringing up nearly a week later.
Fabinho wasn’t sent off, of course, but it turns out that it might have been better for Liverpool if he had. The Brazilain played against Aston Villa on Tuesday and picked up a hamstring injury. He’s now out until at least the Champions League final – though, fortunately, he should be back for it.