Conte: Spurs defending like a PL relegation staff


Tottenham Hotspur supervisor Antonio Conte mentioned his facet’s defensive document in latest weeks is like that of a staff battling relegation, calling on the gamers to indicate “will and desire” forward of Monday’s Premier League sport at Fulham.

Spurs threw away a two-goal lead of their 4-2 defeat to Manchester Metropolis within the league on Thursday.

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Conte’s facet are fifth within the league desk on 33 factors after 20 video games, 5 factors outdoors the highest 4 having performed a sport extra, and have already conceded 31 league objectives this season, simply 9 fewer than within the entirety of the 2021-22 marketing campaign.

“To concede 21 goals in the last 10 games, this is usually a team that fight in the relegation zone,” Conte mentioned at a information convention on Friday.

“I think we have to improve the spirit, the collaboration, the will, the desire, the feeling to suffer, because maybe we have forgotten to suffer … You have to defend the result, [show] the will and desire not to concede a goal.

“Final season I do not bear in mind what number of clear sheets with [goalkeeper] Hugo [Lloris] however … in each sport this season we concede at the very least two objectives however that is our medium, our common, like a staff that’s preventing within the relegation zone.”

Despite Tottenham’s defensive woes in back-to-back league defeats against City and Arsenal, Conte added that he could still see clear signs of progress in other areas.

“I believe that we’re making progress, for my part, in some facets,” he said. “In different facets I believe we now have to come back again like final season and to be a bit extra stable, a bit extra targeted, a bit extra nasty.

“We improved in many aspects because also this season we are scoring many goals, we create many chances, our organisation to press was much better than last season.”

Spurs have scored 39 league objectives this season in contrast with 69 in the entire of final season’s marketing campaign.

“The progress you see if you start to see the players play with the personality, to start the game with the will and desire to have the ball, to create chances, to go strong, to press and to win duals. In this situation you can see for the coach the progress,” Conte added.

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