Conte says Spurs should not a ‘top team’ and calls for aspect are extra ‘focused’ and ‘nasty’


Antonio Conte desires Tottenham to be extra ‘centered’ and ‘nasty’ because the membership look to enhance outcomes this season.

Spurs have gained simply as soon as for the reason that season’s restart and have misplaced six of their final ten video games within the Premier League, following a 4-2 defeat at Manchester Metropolis on Thursday night.


The defeat got here regardless of the north Londoners main two-nil at half-time and continued a poor file in opposition to the division’s prime sides this season. In seven video games in opposition to the Premier League’s ‘Massive Six’ and Newcastle, Spurs have taken only one level.

Conte has referred to as on his aspect to enhance their focus and defensive file, with Spurs having conceded 31 objectives this season – greater than any aspect within the prime half and greater than each West Ham and Everton, every of who’re within the relegation locations.

“We are making progress in some aspects but in other areas we need to come back like last season and be a bit more solid, focused and nasty because in my opinion we have improved,” Conte informed his pre-match press convention forward of Monday’s conflict with Fulham.

“We’re scoring many objectives, our organisation to press was significantly better than final season. I repeat if we evaluate the sport we performed final season in opposition to Manchester Metropolis and yesterday, aside from the outcome I’ve to be pleased rather more than the efficiency of final season.

“Then that they had 75% of possession, created plenty of probabilities and we had been actually fortunate however on the identical time we had been actually good to remain and endure and to win the sport.

“Yesterday we played a good game and one we prepared, face-to-face and open. We scored two goals but we need to try and find the same solidity as last season and learn again to suffer together in the moment.”

The loss to Manchester Metropolis adopted a disappointing derby defeat in opposition to Arsenal final weekend, as Spurs misplaced at house to their north London rivals for the primary time since 2014. Conte believes latest outcomes have confirmed that his aspect nonetheless have some technique to go ‘to be thought-about a prime staff’.

“There is a lot of improvements we need to make if we watch the final result [against Arsenal] is 2-0 but then at the end you see their goalkeeper was the best player on the pitch,” he stated.

“Sure they had been fortunate however we didn’t do sufficient to be thought-about a prime staff. We’ve got to construct on the chances of those two video games [against Arsenal and Manchester City].

“We have to find a game and something that we had last season. We have lost something. A team like Tottenham in last 10 games has conceded 21 goals, it is not possible for a club that wants to stay there and fight [for the top four].”

“To concede 21 goals in the last 10 games…we have to find a balance and improve the positive situations to turn the season,” he added.

“To have this achievement in England of staying in prime 4 means one staff like [Manchester] Metropolis, [Manchester] United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool keep out.

“That’s earlier than I take into account different groups rising in an unbelievable means like Newcastle. We made a unbelievable achievement [last season] but it surely was additionally good to solely be centered on the league and to haven’t any accidents.

“This season we began to face 4 competitions, the Champions League..takes plenty of power and it’s the identical for others in Premier League.

“The situation this season is different we tried to improve the squad this summer but this is only the start. To send away nine players and bring others is not so simple to be competitive, I can tell you. We need time and patience.”

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