‘In the last years the level of Tottenham has dropped A LOT’: Antonio Conte offers damning assessment of his Spurs side as he admits Chelsea were ‘much better’ in their Carabao Cup semi-final first leg win
- REPORT: Antonio Conte endures a miserable return to Stamford Bridge in defeat
- Chelsea produced a 2-0 semi-final first leg win over Tottenham in Carabao Cup
- Conte damningly called Tottenham a ‘middle’ team in his assessment afterwards
- He called on Spurs to ‘be humble’ and show patience in building the club back up
- CHRIS SUTTON: Romelu Lukaku blew his big chance to come back with a bang
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Antonio Conte provided a brutal assessment of his Tottenham team on Wednesday night – branding them a ‘middle’ team following a chastening defeat on his first return to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea take a 2-0 advantage into next week’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg following a dominant win over Spurs in Wednesday night’s first leg.
But Tottenham should count themselves lucky they didn’t lose by a greater margin as Chelsea missed a host of chances to put the tie out of reach before next week’s return leg.
Antonio Conte was short of answers on Wednesday when asked about Tottenham’s display
The Italian had seen his team dominated by Chelsea in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup
‘I know the situation, it is very clear in this moment there is an important gap,’ said Conte, who sacked as Chelsea boss in 2018.
‘We have to try to fight to stay in the league in a good position, but if we think we are close, I think we are not in the right way.
‘It was a difficult game, difficult from the start, Chelsea showed to be much better than us.
‘If you compare the two teams there is not a comparison. We are talking about a team ready to win – today we have seen the difference between the two teams. We are a team in the middle.
Conte described Tottenham as a ‘middle’ team following years of decline in north London
Ben Davies’ own goal helped Chelsea secure a 2-0 first leg advantage at Stamford Bridge
‘This game confirmed what I thought about the difference between the teams. In the last years the level of Tottenham has dropped a lot.
‘There is a lot of work to do, in this moment, it is very difficult to understand which part you take to improve because there is a lot of situations to improve. We need so much time, and patience.
‘We have to be humble, to understand the situation at the moment and continue to work to improve our players, then we will see.
‘It is not simple to say go in the transfer market, in January it won’t be easy and now the most important thing is to be focused and work to improve.
Conte called on supporters and club management to show patience as he rebuilds the team
‘I am always very honest with my players, we have to clap the performance of Chelsea. I like to tell the truth and with a good lie you don’t go anywhere. We have to try to change this situation, slowly, slowly. It is impossible to change the situation in one or two transfer markets.’
Despite the scoreline, Blues boss Thomas Tuchel has warned his Chelsea players their passage to Wembley isn’t sealed despite their comfortable win.
‘We did create a lot, some huge chances, it could have been possible to score more, the up side is everybody knows it is going to be a tough match, it is not decided yet.’
Tuchel confirmed before the game that N’Golo Kante and Thiago Silva missed the game through Covid.
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