After three unbeaten matches in all competitions, Antonio Conte had his first quack Thursday night. An unexpected setback for the Italian coach who had a hard night.
His arrival was eagerly awaited. After the departure of Nuno Espirito Santo during the season, Tottenham had decided to bet on Antonio Conte on November 2 to try to revive Spurs in difficulty since the start of the 2021-2022 season. And at first, the Italian technician achieved great things. Facing Vitesse Arnhem in the Europa League Conference, his men offered him a victory (3-2) for his first match on the bench two days after his appointment. Behind, in the Premier League, Harry Kane and his partners drew against Everton (0-0) before disposing of Leeds United (2-1). But the series has already ended Thursday night.
In a very important match in view of the first place in group G in C4, Tottenham broke their teeth on the Slovenian formation of NŠ Mura, 5th in their championship. While Kane had equalized in the second half, the London club – ten after the expulsion of Ryan Sessegnon – cracked in added time on a goal from Marosa (90th + 4). Result, the Spurs returned to England with a 2-1 defeat in their bags and especially bad news. Because with this result, Antonio Conte’s team will end up second at best behind Stade Rennais, and will therefore have to go through the round of 16 … A first quack for the former Inter coach, who admitted afterwards this setback that there was still a lot of work.
“I am not a magician”
“I have to be honest and tell you that after three and a half weeks I’m starting to understand the situation. I can tell you that it is not easy, because at the moment Tottenham’s level is certainly not very high. There is a big gap with the best teams in England. I am here to work, here to improve the situation. We have to be patient, I am here because I know there are problems to be solved ”, said the 52-year-old coach before continuing after the debacle of his family, on the lawn of a club created in 2012 and which had never won any European meeting before hosting Spurs.
“I’m happy to be here, but at the same time I have to be honest and tell you that we have to work a lot to improve the quality of the team. The only magic I can do is work, bring my methods, my ideas of football. But everyone must understand that we need time. I am not a magician, I have found players who want to work and who have a great sense of duty, but sometimes that is not enough. “ For the magic wand, it will therefore be necessary to be patient. In the meantime, Tottenham and Antonio Conte will already have to bounce back in the Premier League on Sunday against Burnley.