Antonio Conte says he walked down the tunnel straight after Tottenham’s winner against Bournemouth as he felt he might have had a heart attack if it was disallowed.
Spurs’s win over Bournemouth was far from comfortable with Conte’s side being 2-0 down with 40 minutes to go.
They were ultimately able to turn things around though with Rodrigo Bentancur getting a last-gasp winner in the 92nd minute.
When he did so, rather than wildly celebrating on the touchline as he has done so often before, Conte instead walked straight down the tunnel.
When asked why, the Italian explained that it was because he feared the goal would be disallowed by VAR like Harry Kane’s winner against Sporting CP was in midweek, and that he could have a heart attack if it was.
“I came back when I knew the goal was regular,” he said after the match.
“I thought in my mind and my heart that I could have a heart attack because in two days to score and then have a 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… This reaction was really positive, and I want this from my players.”
Spurs now sit third in the Premier League table, three points behind Manchester City and two behind Arsenal, who have a game in hand on their local rivals.