Antonio Conte 'starting to understand' challenge of Tottenham job
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Antonio Conte ‘absolutely went in’ on a number of Tottenham stars after Thursday night’s humiliation against Slovenian minnows NS Mura. That’s according to former Spurs midfielder Jamie O’Hara who claims the Italian had some choice words for several underperforming stars in the wake of the shock defeat.
Conte’s men were not afforded the chance to respond to the defeat on Sunday as their game against Burnley was called off due to heavy snow.
The Spurs squad arrived at Turf Moor but the fixture had to be postponed with less than hour to go before kick off due to the snowfall caused by Storm Arwen.
They now face Brentford on Thursday and Conte will demand a positive response after the abject showing in the Europa Conference League.
Ryan Sessegnon was sent off in the first period, but Spurs were still expected to get a result and succumbed to a late winner.
O’Hara is fed up with the poor performances and claims an insider told him that Conte tore into his players after the humbling defeat.
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“I’m just sick of it,” O’Hara told talkSPORT.
“As a Spurs fan I’m passionate about the club, I wear my heart on my sleeve and sometimes I can’t hold it in.
“I just want to see Spurs progress and some of those performances with a new manager coming in.
“I’m looking at it from Antonio Conte’s point of view and he would literally be sitting there thinking the same thing.
“I heard through the grapevine that he absolutely went in on some of them big time. He went in.”
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Conte arrived at Spurs with huge expectations as a serial winner but the Italian has been given a stark reminder of the challenge he faces with his current squad in his first few games in charge.
The former Chelsea and Inter Milan boss was damning in his assessment of his players after the defeat to NS Mura.
“I must be honest to tell you that after three weeks I am starting to understand the situation,” Conte said.
“I can tell you that the situation is not simple. In this moment the level at Tottenham is not so high.
“There is an important gap between the top teams in England. We mustn’t be scared because I’m here to work, I’m here to improve the situation.
Conte has already hinted at the need for squad improvements in January and he also confirmed that he had the backing of supremo Daniel Levy to invest in the transfer market.
“The chairman has shown me that he wants me at all costs,” Conte added.
“In his words and in the investments made, I saw a vision: the desire to excel.
“If we combine this ability off the pitch with what I can give on the pitch, we can really set up a serious and profound job.’
“Challenges have never scared me, I just need to have even a 1% chance of winning them to start my battle.
“I have never taken teams that had won the year before, mine are always paths of reconstruction.”
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