Antonio Conte says Harry Kane will not be haunted by missing a penalty at the World Cup

Antonio Conte was on the fringe of the Italy national team, with just one cap, and was an unused substitute when Juventus teammate Roberto Baggio fired the infamous penalty over the bar and Brazil won the World Cup.

“It was amazing,” said the Tottenham boss as he reflected on 1994 with Harry Kane. “We are talking about a real penalty kick specialist.”

Baggio went on to admit that the lady haunted him, like ‘a wound that never closes’, and wrote in his autobiography how he felt ‘dying on the inside’ while contemplating the effect her missing him would have on the house.

Tottenham manager Antonio Conte says Harry Kane will not be haunted by missing a penalty like his former Juventus teammate Roberto Baggio did by doing the same in the 1994 World Cup final.

Harry Kane is back in training and Conte backs up the striker to score against Brentford

Harry Kane is back in training and Conte backs up the striker to score against Brentford

He was the third of five Italians to miss out. Had he scored, Brazil could have won by scoring the next penalty, the fifth, but Baggio, after a great tournament, was the man of the fall.

‘I remember very well the way he lived the moment,’ said Conte, but he doesn’t feel the need to turn Kane off for a condolence chat or pep talk about penalties, despite the England captain shooting in a similar fashion at the World Cup. Quarter-final against France.

This is another example of how the best players take responsibility and when you take responsibility you can miss out.

You’ve seen important players like Baggio, Alessandro Del Piero and now Harry miss penalties. It happened and you have to put it out of your mind and put it back on. It’s not so important to find people to tell you, “Don’t worry.”

‘we are strong. When you play at this level you have to be a tough guy. You have to try to process negative events in the right way. Harry is a strong person. I was a strong person when I was a player.

For me, it is better not to speak, not to try to justify anything. We are talking about an important player and they know how to respond.

Kane missed a crucial penalty late in England's quarter-final loss to France.  His Tottenham teammate Hugo Lloris was in goal

Kane missed a crucial penalty late in England’s quarter-final loss to France. His Tottenham teammate Hugo Lloris was in goal

Kane is expected to hit back by scoring more goals, starting on Boxing Day at Brentford.

“Harry for us is the most important player,” Conte added. “A world-class striker, he breaks all records and I expect him to continue to do so.

It is an important reference point for me, for the players, the device and the fans.

He had a good rest and came back strong. He is ready to start the second part of the season all over again.

After 10 days off and back in training on Thursday, Kane is expected to start for Brentford. Hugo Lloris, who was against France in the quarter-finals when Kane scored a penalty kick and missed another, before losing the final on penalties, was not due to the club until yesterday and will be on the bench. Fraser Forster will start in goal.

Roberto Baggio missed an important penalty kick in Brazil's 1994 World Cup final penalty shootout defeat

Roberto Baggio missed an important penalty kick in Brazil’s 1994 World Cup final penalty shootout defeat

“It was really strange to see your goalkeeper and striker, one against the other in a penalty situation, twice,” Conte said. When you are used to living together in the same club, facing each other this way is not easy.

“The first penalty was good and Hugo was disappointed. The second, it was really strange, but then I said, ‘Okay, what happened, happened.’”

“I enjoyed the match, and it’s one of the best matches in the World Cup.”

Ivan Perisic, who has played seven World Cup finals with Croatia, including the match for third place, returned on Friday and will feature in Conte’s squad, leaving only Argentine champion Christian Romero.

He is expected to return to London this week after long victory celebrations in his home country.

“I’m a little worried, honestly, I am,” Conte laughed when asked about Romero. Because they are partying in a grand way, with four million people on the streets.

But he has three more days to celebrate and then he has to come back and go back to seeing Tottenham.

We need our best players for great motivation. Sometimes winning makes you relax. These are the two sides of the medals.

You may have missed a penalty like Harry or lost the final like Hugo but it’s the same for Romero, he has to come back with great motivation. Now we play for Tottenham and we want the best for Tottenham.”

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