Tottenham boss Antonio Conte ‘proud’ despite dropping below Arsenal with Brentford draw

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Tottenham manager Antonio Conte insists his players should be “proud” to even be in the hunt for Champions League qualification despite Saturday night’s draw to Brentford giving Arsenal the advantage over their rivals. Spurs could not muster a goal, or even a shot on target, for the second successive match as they drew 0-0 just hours after Arsenal beat Manchester United to move fourth.

Having lost to Brighton and drawn with Brentford in their last two matches, Spurs are now two points behind Arsenal with five Premier League games left to play this season. Despite that, Conte said Spurs’ point away against the Bees was a good result in the circumstances.

And he urged his players to be proud of their efforts since November. The north Londoners were eighth in the table and well out of the top-four picture when the Italian first took over from the sacked Nuno Espirito Santo.

Despite slipping up to give Arsenal control over the top-four race, Conte said to Sky Sports: “We’re trying to do our best. For sure we want to reach the best possible result. We started in a low position in November. We made many improvements but we need to continue to improve.

“It’s not enough if we want to stay in the race for fourth place. But we must be proud that we stay in this race. We started this work in November. To see the point that now we are on, we have to be proud. We have to try to give our best.

“For sure in November you can’t imagine, especially for me, this question. But now we are in this race and we want to try to stay. We know it’s very difficult. We have to live with this situation with enthusiasm. Today’s a good draw. It was fair. Against a Brentford that played with a good intensity and were very dangerous with set pieces.”

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