Tottenham faced off with Bournemouth in a Premier League match on Saturday.
Antonio Conte opted to rest a number of players ahead of Spurs’ crucial Champions League showdown with Marseille next week.
However, Tottenham were still able to come away with a win on the day thanks to a 92nd-minute winner from Rodrigo Bentancur.
After the winner, though, Conte’s celebration was very calm and the reason for this has now been explained.
Harry Kane’s stoppage-time goal in the midweek draw with Sporting Lisbon was ruled out by the VAR for a fractional offside and Conte explained how that controversial decision was playing on his mind at the weekend:
“I came back when I knew the goal was regular!” he said. “I thought in my mind and my heart I can have a heart attack because in two days to score and then have goal disallowed!
“I said I go down and then stay calm and then I wait for the decision of the referee. But for sure it was great to see the desire of my players and the reaction they had.
“I repeat also the nastiness they put into the pitch because I have seen in the eyes of my players the desire to win this game. Also when we drew 2-2 and then in our mind the only thought was to take the ball and start to play again. This reaction was really positive and I want this from my players.”
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