Later News May 21

Conte dismisses ‘Lasagne-gate 2.0’ talk, following reports of illness outbreak at Spurs

Can lightning really strike twice at the same place? Will Tottenham Hotspur figuratively – and quite literally – sh*t their pants on the final day of the season once again to hand Arsenal top-four?


That could very well be a possibility, with reports circulating that the Spurs squad have been hit by an outbreak of food poisoning ahead of their crunch game against Norwich City.


Former England international turned pundit, Gary Lineker – a man who knows quite a bit about inconvenient diarrhoea himself – was the first to raise the alarm for Spurs fans on Friday with this Tweet.


Lineker’s assertion was given even more credence later in the day, when Spurs captain Harry Kane pulled out of a media appearance as he was reportedly feeling unwell.


WATCH: Conte gives Kane update


This chain of events has inevitably brought back bad memories of the infamous 2005/2006 season for Spurs fans. On the final day of that season, a severe bout of food poisoning – believed to be caused by an Arsenal fan-made Lasagne – swept through the Spurs squad, and they went on to lose 2-1 to West Ham United, which allowed the Gunners to narrowly pip them to fourth.


The similarities of that campaign to this season are uncanny – Spurs will guarantee themselves a spot in next season’s Champions League if they avoid defeat to the Canaries. Should they lose to Dean Smith’s men, however, and if Arsenal beat Everton, then Mikel Arteta’s side will edge into the top-four ahead of Spurs.


But Spurs boss Antonio Conte is not worried about history repeating itself, with the Italian tactician even insisting that Kane will be fit for the game against Norwich.


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“Yes, for sure (Kane will be fit), and because in the last game we had Kulusevski and he didn't train on Saturday but was good to play,” said Conte. “Harry doesn't want to miss this type of game. It means a lot to everyone at the club.


“If you remember the last game, we had three or four cases of stomach problems. In this week I have to be honest we had a couple of cases but we overcame the situation. Also, members of the staff one day they were not feeling so good. I don't know why, the last week but also this week we faced this situation.


“In this moment, though, this virus is the last of our problem. We are close to a big achievement and we are totally focused. The situation of the players is the same as the last game.”


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Conte added that he did not want to know about the original ‘Lasagne-gate’, as he said: “I'm not interested to go deeper into this story. I think that we are in a good moment of form. We have worked well this week and prepared very well. We have to be concentrated.


“There is the whole season behind this game and we can reach something amazing for us because I think no one can imagine top four this season. We have worked hard and now everything is in our hands.”




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