Football.London’s Alsadiar Gold has revealed that Antonio Conte’s emotional statements after Tottenham’s loss to Burnley were aimed at his players.
Conte looked a defeated man after Tottenham fell to a 1-0 loss at Turf Moor on Wednesday, which was the club’s third defeat in their last four Premier League games.
The Spurs boss admitted after the game that the team’s current run of results was unacceptable and suggested that he would hold conversations with the club (ESPN).
According to reports, Daniel Levy is set to hold a crisis meeting with Conte today in an effort to convince the Spurs boss that he is the man to turn the club’s fortunes around (The Sun).
Gold has suggested that the 52-year-old’s comments were designed to spark a reaction from the Spurs squad.
It is explained that although the former Inter Milan boss has been reluctant to criticise his players in public, he privately feels led down by some of their performances.
According to Gold, those around Conte believe that he wanted to put pressure on the squad to perform by alluding to potentially walking away from the club.
Spurs Web Opinion
There is a huge reluctance from Spurs fans and journalists to criticise Conte even slightly and only lay the blame squarely at the players and the board for every defeat.
Conte’s CV is world-class but football is evolving tactically all the time and to suggest that the Italian’s methods are completely fool-proof is naive, particularly when considering the level of managers he is competing against in the Premier League at present.
Conte has never been tactically flexible and tends to stick with his tried and tested system, which is understandable given the success he has achieved.
However, since we do not have the sort of wing-backs that he would want, perhaps the 52-year-old can modify his system and approach slightly. I do feel we can be braver in the way we press the opposition when we come up against sides like Burnley, who defend in a low block.
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