Antonio Conte admitted he was “a bit scared” after Harry Kane missed a penalty with Tottenham 3-2 up within the closing minutes of their win at house to Eintracht Frankfurt.
Spurs picked up an essential three factors within the Champions League towards their German opponents nevertheless it was removed from comfy, regardless of the away crew taking place to 10 males just below an hour in.
The hosts entered the closing levels one man and two targets up, however Frankfurt gave themselves hope when Faride Alidou scored to make it 3-2 within the 87th minute.
Kane had the prospect to seal victory for good 5 minutes later however missed a penalty after scoring one earlier within the night time.
His crew held on nonetheless, however Conte admits he was afraid after Kane unusually missed the 92nd-minute spot-kick.
“Once we missed the penalty I used to be a bit scared,” he mentioned. “I assumed ‘something can occur now’.
“It is a pity in regards to the closing half [of the match]. It was a very good efficiency however we should take an enormous lesson. Not solely the gamers however myself as a result of I attempted additionally to take advantage of this case, giving relaxation to the gamers and people who had a yellow card.
“Everybody thought it was over, even the followers. However the recreation finishes with the ultimate whistle. We made an enormous mistake. We conceded a nook and so they rating, then we had the chance to attain and we missed the penalty.
“There was a constructive facet after which there was the unfavourable facet however for us it will likely be an excellent achievement to go to the subsequent spherical as a result of this was our goal.”
Making it to the subsequent spherical would have been very a lot doubtful had Spurs didn’t win given they drew their earlier match with Frankfurt and misplaced to Sporting CP, and the supervisor admits it will have been disastrous.
“It will have been a catastrophe if we drew a recreation like this,” he mentioned.
“Now we have to remain centered till the tip. We scored good targets. We suffered. We needed to attempt to deal with the scenario. We needed to keep within the recreation. We should take a lesson from this.”
Tottenham go into their closing two matches of this spherical high of Group D and can safe qualification with a win at house to Sporting in a fortnight.