(Brighton-Tottenham 0-1) Before the away game against Brighton, it was emotional for coach Antonio Conte.
The Tottenham players, wearing T-shirts that read “Always in our hearts, Gian Piero”, took to the pitch ahead of the Brighton game.
On Thursday, it was reported that Tottenham’s physical coach Gian Piero Ventroni (61) has lost his battle with leukemia.
Before the match he was honored with a minute of applause. It got tough for Tottenham boss Conte, who moved to tears as he sat on the bench.
– It’s been a very difficult week for us. Not just for me, but for the device, the players and the entire Spurs environment, Conte tells Sky Sports and continues:
He was someone who was at the heart of every Tottenham player. It was very difficult for us. Tomorrow the funeral, we are going there with the staff. It’s hard for me to talk about it, because it’s hard to understand what happened.
Ventrone already started working with Conte when the latter was a Juventus player. Later on, the physical trainer became part of Conte’s crew at Bari, Atalanta, Siena and most recently at Tottenham.
– He was a wonderful man we were glad to know. He “paid” and worked with us and was there for us. We will all miss him and know he looks down on us and “pushes” us forward, as Harry Kane tells Viaplay and continues:
His wisdom and way of being will be with us forever.
When the honors ended and the referee waved the match, it was a possible third place for the home team, fighting for the guests.
With a two-goal win on Saturday, Brighton moved up to third place from Tottenham in the table.
Instead, it was the visitors and Harry Kane who came back after being beaten by Arsenal in the previous round of the league.
In a match played evenly, in which both teams had a number of chances in both halves, the match finally ended with a score of 1-0 for the visitors.
Kane made sure of this with his 12th goal in his last 12 Premier League games. This leaves Tottenham in third place in the table. At the same time, Kane touched his best goal streak in the Premier League, scoring goals in four consecutive matches. The net expert came in the 22nd minute of the first half and was assisted by Son Heung-min.
Someone hurt someone, but it’s worth it when you win the match. Kane told Sky Sports I feel good after he was substituted before the start of extra time.
After the match, Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris wore a Spurs kit bearing the name Gian Piero.
On Brighton’s part, the loss at home dropped two spots in the table to sixth, two points behind Manchester United who played one game less.
– I thought after the first 15 minutes we dealt with the game and that we were the better team. It’s frustrating, but they are a good team, says Brighton’s Lewis Dunk.