Tottenham Hotspur boss Antonio Conte tore into his “egocentric” gamers, saying they “didn’t wish to play beneath strain” after they squandered an opportunity to go third within the Premier League with a 3-Three draw Saturday away to bottom-of-the-table Southampton.
Spurs had been heading in the right direction to safe an vital win of their quest for Champions League qualification when Ivan Perisic scored within the 74th minute after earlier targets by Pedro Porro and Harry Kane.
The guests led 3-1 at that stage after Che Adams had cancelled out Porro’s opener.
However the Saints hit again, with Theo Walcott slicing the deficit within the 77th minute earlier than James Ward-Prowse’s stoppage-time penalty prolonged Spurs’ winless run on the street to 5 matches.
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Tottenham’s current defeats by AC Milan and Sheffield United noticed them exit the Champions League and FA Cup respectively to make sure the membership have now gone 15 years and not using a main trophy.
Conte was in no temper to spare his squad’s emotions throughout a 10-minute tirade at St Mary’s, with Tottenham now simply two factors forward of Newcastle, who’ve two video games in hand, within the race for the fourth and closing Champions League place.
“We’re 11 gamers that go into the pitch. I see egocentric gamers, I see gamers that don’t wish to assist one another and don’t put their coronary heart (in),” he stated.
“Why? As a result of they’re used to it right here, they’re used to it. They don’t play for one thing vital yeah. They don’t wish to play beneath strain, they don’t wish to play beneath stress.
“It’s simple on this means. Tottenham’s story is that this. Twenty years there may be the proprietor and so they by no means gained one thing however why? The fault is just for the membership, or for each supervisor that stays right here. I’ve seen the managers that Tottenham had on the bench.”
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– ‘Unacceptable’ –
However the 53-year-old Italian, beforehand in command of Juventus, Chelsea and Inter Milan, in addition to the Italy nationwide workforce, did categorical sympathy for Spurs’ long-suffering supporters.
“Till now attempt to disguise the state of affairs however now, no as a result of I repeat, I don’t wish to see what I’ve seen at the moment as a result of that is unacceptable and in addition unacceptable for the followers,” he added.
“They comply with us, pay for his or her ticket and to see the workforce one other time, to have such a efficiency is unacceptable.”
Tottenham’s win over Nottingham Forest final week had been one thing of a morale enhance, even when Conte’s future remained unsure given his contract expires after the tip of the season.
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However the supervisor insisted hypothesis over his place was merely one other “alibi” for an under-performing workforce.
“I see solely 11 gamers that play for themselves,” he stated.
“There are 10 video games to go and a few individuals suppose we are able to battle. Struggle for what with this spirit, this angle, this dedication? What? For seventh, eighth, 10th place? I’m not used to this place.
“I’m actually upset and everybody has to take their accountability. Not solely the membership, the supervisor and the workers, the gamers must be concerned on this state of affairs as a result of it’s time to change this case if Tottenham wish to change.
“In the event that they wish to proceed on this means, they will change the supervisor, a whole lot of managers, however the state of affairs can not change. Consider me.”
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