Gary Neville praises Antonio Conte’s Jose Mourinho like ‘masterclass’ as Tottenham beat Arsenal

Gary Neville believes Antonio Conte managed his first North London Derby completely as Tottenham Hotspur beat Arsenal 3-0 on Thursday evening.

Two first-half targets for Harry Kane meant that Spurs went into the half-time break in cruise management. They have been helped by the truth that Gunners centre-back Rob Holding was despatched off within the thirty third minute for a second yellow card offence. Son wrapped issues up nearly instantly after the restart as Spurs eased to 3 factors. Victory means they now path their arch-rivals by only one level with two video games to go within the race for the highest 4.

However Neville believes that Tottenham have been arrange completely by Conte. In reality, he even likened the managerial efficiency to a traditional Jose Mourinho-type ‘masterclass’: “You used to say Mourinho masterclass did not you,” he mentioned on The Gary Neville Podcast after the sport.

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“I feel Conte’s the kind of supervisor that will’ve checked out Arteta tonight. Mikel Arteta, I feel is true. You do not drop your ideas. He is come out of the Pep Guardiola faculty of ‘we play our approach’, and he is not going to return to his personal field and defend ten outfield gamers behind the ball and say, ‘come on, we’re simply going to counter-attack on you’. They try to push up the pitch, they try to preserve a minimum of a mid-line.”

He added: “Conte will ruthlessly return to the sting of his personal field. He very a lot initially of the sport, and whether or not it was a tactic, I feel it was, was passing slowly alongside the again and nearly going to attract Arsenal out, figuring out that will then result in area.

“So, it was a intelligent play by Conte. He is a intelligent supervisor who is aware of the sport inside-out. He is methodical in his considering, the patterns of play are there, we have seen them at Chelsea, we have seen them at whichever membership he is at, and Arsenal got here out in that first 5 minutes swinging, nearly such as you’re the light-weight vs the middleweight sort factor whereby they have been faster, and so they have been sharper, however then the powerhouse and the facility of Tottenham step by step began to return.”

Neville continued by explaining that the primary purpose modified the complexion of the sport as Spurs asserted dominance over their north London rivals: “Then the massive second occurred. The primary purpose. The primary purpose’s vital in a recreation like this. The group have been magnificent, however that first purpose was the massive change within the recreation, and all of it fell aside from there for Arsenal.”

As Tottenham’s remaining video games in opposition to Burnley (Dwelling) and already relegated Norwich (Away) are that little bit simpler than Arsenal’s – who should journey to Newcastle on Monday evening earlier than internet hosting relegation battling Everton on the ultimate day – there’s an actual perception amongst followers that they will sneak a Champions League area. In the event that they do handle to realize that purpose, Conte would’ve achieved a implausible job in lower than a whole season in cost.

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