Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte made explosive feedback concerning the mentality of the membership and his gamers within the wake of Saturday’s 3-3 draw with Southampton within the Premier League.
Conte has been beneath rising strain in current weeks, however Spurs had been main 3-1 in opposition to the Saints and heading in direction of an essential victory till conceding twice late on – together with a 97th minute equaliser from the penalty spot.
A visibly irritated Spurs boss wasn’t shy about giving his true opinions afterwards, labelling gamers as ‘egocentric’, accusing them of not working as a staff and even suggesting that Spurs are ‘used to’ repeatedly underachieving beneath the present proprietor.
“On this second, after we play a sport, something can occur. Normally, my groups present stability, not up and down, up and down,” he advised Sky Sports activities.
“We’re dropping the work that we did final season. I’m not speaking concerning the tactical facet, I’m speaking concerning the spirit, concerning the sense of duty, concerning the coronary heart that we put into the pitch. To lose these traits, from my expertise, you may lose a sport in opposition to a staff from the Championship with a ‘half staff’ like Sheffield United – I keep in mind they performed with youthful gamers, not the first-team, and we misplaced and dropped out of the FA Cup.
“At the moment, in opposition to Southampton, we’re profitable 3-1 and my notion is every little thing can occur in each second and to be terrified of what occurred.
“The coach is accountable, the membership is accountable…the gamers need to take their duty as a result of what we’ve got seen in the previous couple of months, I don’t like. I’m not used to seeing these kind of state of affairs. I see numerous egocentric gamers and I don’t see a staff.
“You’ll be able to shut one or two eyes, but it surely’s proper to maintain eyes open and inform the reality. All of us need to take duty, not solely the membership for the switch market, for the coach. Tottenham have had essential coaches previously, however the issue was all the time the identical.
“If we begin to suppose that the gamers take duty, it’s the proper second if you wish to enhance. In any other case, I feel for the remainder of the season, we threat ending exterior Europe [qualification].”
Conte added in his post-match press convention: “They’re used to it right here. Do not play for one thing essential. They do not wish to play beneath strain. They do not wish to play beneath stress.
“Tottenham’s story is that this. 20 years there may be the proprietor and so they by no means received one thing. Why?
“Till now I attempt to conceal the state of affairs. However there are 10 video games to go. Individuals suppose we are able to combat? Struggle for what? With this perspective, this spirit, this dedication. For seventh? Eighth place? I’m actually upset.
“In the event that they wish to proceed on this approach, they’ll change the supervisor, numerous managers, however the state of affairs can not change. Imagine me.“