Antonio Conte did not hold back in his post-match interview following a disappointing 3-3 draw against the bottom-placed Southampton. Spurs are now at risk of missing out on Champions League football for the upcoming season, despite currently occupying fourth place. Newcastle, Liverpool and Brighton all have games in hand over Tottenham, who have struggled with inconsistent performances throughout the season.
Antonio Conte Post Match Outburst
Conte criticized his players, branding them as ‘selfish’ and lacking heart. He highlighted the lack of teamwork and players not willing to help each other. Which he believes has been a persistent issue at the club for many years. Speaking to Match of the Day, Conte said, “The problem is we have shown we are not a team. We are 11 players.”
In his post-match press conference, he expressed his frustration with the club’s lack of success under chairman Daniel Levy. “It is the same every season, no matter who the manager is. They’re used to it here. Don’t play for something important. They don’t want to play under pressure. They don’t want to play under stress. Tottenham’s story is this. 20 years there is the owner and they never won something. Why?”
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Conte’s outburst has led to speculation that he could be sacked, with tensions increasing between him and chairman Daniel Levy. The Italian manager has been trying to instill a sense of team spirit and belonging in the squad for over a year, but he believes that the players have not understood his message.
When asked if his players are fighting for him, Conte stated, “They have to play for the fans, for the club out on the pitch, not for me. They have to play to show that they are a team, they have to play to have the right spirit, sense of belonging and to show they have a responsibility for the badge, not for me or my staff.”
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Tottenham’s lack of success has been a persistent issue, and the current situation seems to be no different. The club’s fans will be hoping that the team can turn things around and secure their spot in the Champions League for next season. However, with the ongoing turmoil between Conte and Levy, it remains to be seen whether the Italian manager will be able to lead the team to success or if he will be replaced in the coming weeks.