L’Tottenham team defend as if she were “threatened with relegation”estimated Friday January 20 his coach Antonio Conte, while the Spurs could not finish in one of the first four qualifying places for the Champions League.
“Worthy of a team fighting in the relegation zone”
Tottenham, now 5th in the Premier League, lost their second game in a row on Thursday losing to Manchester City 4-2 after leading by two goals at their opponents’ field
Spurs have conceded 21 goals in their last ten Premier League games with just one win in the most recent five. Their weakness in defense is their Achilles heel.
“We are doing less well than last season and conceding 21 goals in the last ten matches is worthy of a team that is fighting in the relegation zone”, Conte said. Errors by their goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and central defender Clément Lenglet contributed to Spurs’ defeat against the Citizens.
“Improve our state of mind”
Tottenham finished fourth in the league last year, securing their place in the Champions League. But achieving that goal this season could be much more difficult as current 4th-placed Newcastle are 5 points clear with one game less. “Progress does not depend on the end result”underlined the Italian coach. “You see progress when you start to see the players display character and come into the game with the will to win”.
“It doesn’t depend on just one thing. It’s the whole team that attacks and the whole team that defendsConte added. We have to improve our state of mind, the collaboration, the desire. Maybe we forgot how to suffer and understand that if we want to win maybe we have to suffer like last season.”.
“If I can dream, I want to play in the Champions League. There are still 18 matches to play in the Premier League. You have to dream of big things but at the same time remain realistic”he concluded.