Conte asked about wing-back performances and lack of Steven Bergwijn

Antonio Conte
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Conte was asked about the performances of his wing-backs and the lack of game time for Steven Bergwijn in his post-match press conference.

Tottenham had the chance to break back into the top four this evening with a win over Brentford, thanks to their superior goal difference over rivals Arsenal.

The Gunners have shocked fans in the past week but earning six points from Chelsea away and Man United at home, arguably their two hardest fixtures on paper.

This has coincided with Spurs dropping points in back-to-back games, with a 1-0 defeat to Brighton being followed by a 0-0 draw with Brentford this evening.

Tottenham now have five fixtures, including the North London Derby and an away match at Liverpool, to win the race for the Champions League places. If they win all five, a top-four spot is guaranteed.

With the wing-backs struggling to get up the pitch and make a positive difference in the final third, Conte was quizzed on their performance while also being asked why Steven Bergwijn was not turned to off the bench.

He said (Football London): “Now is not fair to speak about the situation that we can improve or not. I’m very happy to have this group of players and I’m trying to exploit every single group of players.

“Today with five games to play we are talking about Tottenham are in the race for the Champions League [places]. People forget that in November Spurs were in trouble.”

On Bergwijn, he added: “I think during the game you always need to have a good balance.

“I tried today with the first substitution because we were suffering a lot from free-kicks and throw-ins, to put Sanchez in, then to be more offensive I moved Kulusevski to wing-back and Lucas up front. But we needed balance, you must not forget that.”

Spurs Web Opinion:

In these kinds of games, I have been dying to see Kulusevski, Moura, or Bergwijn at right-wing-back to add a bit more of an attacking threat down that right-side. At the moment, Tottenham’s back three seems more like a flat back five which is hurting us.

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