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Conte names Man City 'best team in the world' after Spurs beat Premier League champions

19:43 GMT+3 20/02/2022
Antonio Conte Tottenham 2021-22
The Italian manager was full of praise for Pep Guardiola's side after masterminding only their third defeat of the season

Antonio Conte has named Manchester City the "best team in the world" after Tottenham's dramatic win over the Premier League champions.

Spurs became only the fourth team to record a Premier League double over Guardiola's City as they ran out 3-2 winners at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

A brace from Harry Kane and a goal from Juventus loanee Dejan Kulusevski sealed the surprise victory for the north London outfit, and Conte was full of credit for his players post-match.

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The Italian head coach also complimented City for their display, which he believes serves as proof that they are currently the standout side in club football.

"For sure it was a great win for us against a fantastic team like Man City," Conte told reporters. "It's a great compliment to City too because in my opinion, they showed themselves to be the best team in the world.

"To win a game like this it means we had the perfect performance."

Pressed on Kane's match-winning turn, the Spurs boss added: "Harry was outstanding, but the two midfielders, the defensive line, the keeper, the players that came in off the bench were all good too. It was the perfect performance."

Spurs blow title race open

City's third defeat of the season has opened the door for Liverpool in this season's title race, with Jurgen Klopp's side now only six points behind the leaders in second with a game in hand.

Kulusevski gave Tottenham the best possible start in Manchester when he finished into an empty net after being teed up by Son Heung-min in the third minute, but Ilkay Gundogan hit an equaliser just after the half-hour mark.

Spurs regained the lead in the 59th minute as Son set up Kane in the box and he then fired past Ederson in the City net, and they held onto their advantage until the second minute of stoppage time.

Bernardo Silva then won a penalty which Riyad Mahrez converted to initially break the hearts of the away fans, but Kane had the last word as he headed home a Kulusevski cross in the dying moments of the contest.

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