Antonio Conte has explained that he wants Tottenham to improve on their points tally from last season, while also insisting that anything can happen in the Champions League and Premier League.
It was a topsy-turvy game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this evening, with Spurs and Leeds trading punches in an end-to-end affair.
While Leeds took the lead early, and led the game both at 1-2 and 2-3, they eventually fell to defeat after Rodrigo Bentancur netted twice in short succession to scoop all three points for Spurs.
Harry Kane also continued his fine run of scoring form, while Ben Davies netted in yet-another comeback win, following his goal against Bournemouth in the 2-3 victory.
Conte is keen on welcoming his players back from the World Cup without any injury problems, which have hampered the Tottenham front line over the past month or so.
Asked about the importance of the second half of the season, Conte said (Football London): “We have to be pleased because to stay in the top four and to reach the next round of the Champions League is a big achievement for us.
“If you compare this period with one year ago. Then you know in the second part of the season we don’t know what happens in the World Cup.
“Fingers crossed on the injuries. The injuries affected us [in this part] and we lost points because of it. The injuries were up front and in only one area of the squad. That makes it more difficult.
“I hope to have all the players available for the second part of the season. There is a great desire to continue to improve our path.
“The Champions League is a tournament in which anything can happen. It’s important to arrive in the best condition. In the past Tottenham reached the final because especially with this short tournament anything can happen.
“In the Premier League, the winner is always the one who deserves to win across 38 games. We want to improve on the points we got last season and to do better. This is our target.”
Spurs Web Opinion:
I think that’s a good summary from Conte. Improving on the points tally from last season is an important and realistic aim, while also going in with an ‘anything can happen’ attitude with regard to major trophy chances. The World Cup is going to boost some and derail others, that’s for sure.
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