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Antonio Conte preaches not to underestimate Middlesbrough ahead of FA Cup matchup

By Eddie Razo -

Tottenham Hotspur will face off against Middlesbrough FC in the fifth round of the FA Cup. Spurs are only fighting for a top-four finish despite the league not being over. As a result, this competition is all that’s left for the north London club to win any silverware this season. 

Despite facing a club that’s eighth in the EFL Championship, manager Antonio Conte stated that every fixture in England is a difficult one during his news conference. The Italian tactician is well aware that his squad can be beaten, considering they fell to a Burnley side fighting relegation last week. 

“You know very well that in England, every game is difficult, especially in this competition when you play away against Middlesbrough, who are having a good season in the Championship,” Conte said. 

Furthermore, Conte states that Middlesbrough did eliminate Manchester United from the FA Cup, winning on penalty kicks to get past The Red Devils in the fourth round, so Conte is preaching not to underestimate the opponent despite them being in a tier below. 

“Middlesbrough are a good team. When you are able to win against Manchester United – not to forget, Middlesbrough eliminated United from this competition, and they are one of the best teams in this league,” Conte said.

“It means they have important value. For this reason, it will be very important not to underestimate our opponent and the difficulty of this game.”

Spurs hope to fall into another disappointing result as they did last week when they were coming off an impressive win over Manchester City but lost to Burnley. This past weekend, Tottenham had a convincing win over Leeds United, so Conte’s squad wants to avoid a poor result versus Middlesbrough.

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11 months ago

Prediction: 1-6 easy win iff Boro don’t ptb and play for pens. Otherwise 0-2 og and Harry pen.

JimmyGrievance
JimmyGrievance
11 months ago

Setting us up nicely for losing midweek on a cold wet night Oop t north

archilbald&crooks@large
archilbald&crooks@large
11 months ago
Reply to  England Mike

Spot on. And the leeds game may well have ended 4-4 or similar if they took their chances although i always fancied us to score one more than them.
I recall Utd had several gilt edge chances against Boro and it should’ve been over before extra time.
In the absence of a early gal for us, i’m expecting a huff and puff (like v wolves/soton) style performance tonight from us. Happy to be proved wrong

England Mike
England Mike
11 months ago

IMO, the age old problem of us breaking down teams who play two banks of four deep in their half, and our inability to create goal scoring chances despite plenty of possession in the final third was the reason.
Players are now forever looking to play another pass even though they are positioned to shoot at goal, and in those wet and windy conditions there were opportunities to let fly, but didn’t.
As for a hatful of chances, I don’t recall Pope having to make a single decent save in the game, the goal they scored was mainly due to the conditions, as Romero misjudged the flight of the ball which Mee met perfectly.

Archibald&Crooks (SC)
Archibald&Crooks (SC)
11 months ago

This is true but one point I need cleared up.
I have missed many games recently although I did see the Leeds game.
I watched the highlights of Burnley and it showed we missed a hatful of chances while they had only the goal.
Is this a fair summing up or was THTV biased?

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