Antonio Conte was seen celebrating among seemingly disgruntled fans after Tottenham’s winner in the 2-1 victory at Marseille.
The Spurs boss was sat in the stands at the Stade Velodrome due to a touchline ban and watched his team come from behind to secure top spot in Group D.
📽 La joie de Conte au coup de sifflet final d’OM-Tottenham, quand ses Spurs sont parvenus à arracher la première place du groupe D dans les derniers instants. pic.twitter.com/AIWcX7LrC7
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Needing a draw to progress to the knockout stage, Tottenham faced an early exit when Chancel Mbemba opened the scoring for a dominant Marseille in first-half stoppage time.
But a much-improved Spurs equalised through Clement Lenglet after the break and won the group with the last kick of the game thanks to a stunning Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg strike.
The late drama also sent the Ligue 1 club from third to fourth, denying them a place in the Europa League.
So it was no surprise to see those surrounding Conte in the stands rather unimpressed as the Italian celebrated his team’s late winner.
And even the most ardent Spurs fans could not have been impressed with Harry Kane’s dancing in the dressing room.
The England captain was filmed busting his best dad moves by teammate Emerson Royal…
GO ON HARRY LAD 🕺🏽 pic.twitter.com/AId5drnOt2
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Conte’s tactics have been criticised in recent weeks and after coming from two goals behind to beat Bournemouth 3-2 on Saturday, Tottenham needed to dig deep once again after another slow start.
However, Spurs were without their manager on the touchline, as well as a number of key players due to injury, and lost Heung-min Son to a head injury early on.
That is why ex-midfielder O’Hara believes they deserve more credit.
O’Hara told talkSPORT: “It’s Spurs’ night. We’ve topped the group. We go through as group winners.
“It’s time to respect the team we put out. 95th minute winner. We dug out a performance.
“Unbelievable result again. No manager. Injuries. Down in the dumps. Hostile environment.
“And Spurs came through yet again to make it happen for Conte.
“Come on, give us some credit!”
However, ex-Premier League midfielder Andy Townsend warned Conte that his team will not go much further in the Champions League if they keep playing like they did in the first-half.
“I don’t know what to make of it,” Townsend told talkSPORT.
“At 1-0 down, with questions being asked, they’ve done it again, they’ve turned it around.
“You have to give them credit. Second-half, they were much better.
“But the other half of me is saying they were a shambles. They don’t know the best way to go about things.
“Why doesn’t Conte just take the reins off and let this team go at the opposition? If they do that, Tottenham could be something.”
Townsend added: “Tottenham have a very talented group of players and they are getting over the line by the skin of their teeth when they don’t need to.
“They are better than what they gave tonight. They got it done. Admirable? Yes.
“But I don’t see them going far enough if they play this way. If they hand teams a start, better teams will get beyond them.”