Conte rebuffs 'lasagne-gate' repeat for Spurs as Kane reports sickness

Fri 20 May 2022 | 17:29

Antonio Conte refused to uncover the gory aspects of 'lasagne-gate' as he tipped Tottenham to finish fourth, with illness bug or not.

Tottenham Hotspur

manager Antonio Conte insists his team can handle any health problem as they try to prevent a repeat of 2006's 'lasagne-gate' on the final day of the season.

Tottenham supporters were alarmed when Gary Lineker claimed on Twitter that he had heard of "a food poisoning epidemic" at the club before Sunday's match against Norwich City.

Former Tottenham striker Lineker, who is now a well-known television host, added:

"No, I am not joking


Then it was revealed that Harry Kane had confirmed feeling ill on Friday and had canceled an appearance at a London museum.

The rumors fueled fears of a recurrence of the 2005-06 season-ending drama when food sickness struck Tottenham on the last weekend. Then a slew of players became ill and had to play against West Ham despite vomiting in the locker room prior to kick-off.

Tottenham were beaten 2-1 by north London adversaries Arsenal, who claimed the fourth

Champions League

spot with a 4-2 victory against Wigan Athletic. Given numerous Spurs players' choice of pre-match supper, the event was promptly dubbed 'lasagne-gate,' and conspiracy theories abound.

Spurs have a two-point lead over fifth-placed Arsenal, who suffered a humiliating 2-0 defeat at Newcastle United on Monday, and a draw will almost certainly secure fourth place due to their significant goal difference advantage over the Gunners.

Conte said on Friday:

"If you remember the last game, the game against Burnley, we had three, four cases of a stomach problem.

"In this week, to be honest we had a couple of cases about this, but we overcame the situation. Members of the staff for one day they were not feeling so good, I don't know why, but last week and also this week, we faced this kind of situation.

"But in this moment, this virus is the last of our problems, because we are very close to reaching a big achievement for the club, for our fans and for the players.

"We are totally focused on the game, and the situation of the players and the availability is the same as for the last game against Burnley."

Conte was quizzed if he anticipated Kane to be available:

"For sure. For sure Harry doesn't want to miss this type of game, and this game it means a lot for everybody.

"The whole season is behind this game. We can reach something amazing for us, because I think no one can imagine Tottenham in the top four this season. 

"This must be a big push for us because we've worked very hard and deserve to be in this position. Everything is in our hands. For this reason, we want to get it."

Conte was asked about the controversy that began 16 years ago when Martin Jol's ailing Spurs lost fourth place: "I don't want to know this story, it is not good. It is not a lucky story."

Norwich's relegation has already been confirmed, therefore Spurs will face a team with little motivation other than to end a disappointing season on a good note at Carrow Road, but Conte is not taking anything lightly.

"In England there are no easy games," Conte added. "I remember in my experiences as a player that I had in the last game lucky situations and unlucky situations. For this reason, we have the right focus, and we are understanding very well the importance of the moment."

Norwich has only won one of their past nine league matches against Tottenham (three draws and five defeats), a 1-0 triumph at home in February 2014. In each of their past five meetings with Spurs, the Canaries have surrendered at least twice (one draw, four defeats).

The Lilywhites have won six and drawn three of their past ten visits to Norwich, with the setback being their only defeat.

Tottenham's record against clubs already demoted from the Premier League on the last day of the season may be a source of concern.

Oddly, they've lost three of those fixtures, defeating Wolves in 2003-04 and Hull City in 2016-17, but losing to Leicester City in 2001-02, Burnley in 2009-10, and Newcastle United in 2015-16.

Conte will join Kenny Dalglish, Rafael Bentez, Claudio Ranieri, and Jose Mourinho as the sixth head coach to finish in the top four of the

Premier League

with two separate teams if the Spurs win at Carrow Road.


source: SportMob

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