Conte asked how Spurs players reacted to his brutally honest comments on squad quality

Antonio Conte
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Antonio Conte has opened up on the reaction of the Tottenham squad to his honest assessment of the Carabao Cup defeat to Chelsea in midweek. 

Spurs were beaten 2-0 by the Blues in the semi-final first leg, with the North London side second best for the majority of the encounter at Stamford Bridge. 

After the game, Conte gave a blunt assessment of his team’s performance, claiming they were a step below their counterparts. 

The Italian also admitted that Spurs were simply a ‘middle’ club that needed to close the gap in quality on the sides above them, while reiterating the need for patience for that to be achievable. 

Conte was quizzed on what the reaction was from his Spurs players regarding the comments, to which he claimed that being honest would be more beneficial for improvement in the long run. 

He said (via Football.London): “My relationship with my team, my players is based on the truth and not only here but also in the past because when I was a player I hate the coach that tells me good lies to keep me calm and to stay relaxed and in a good relationship. 

“If you want to improve it is important of the player to listen every time [to] the truth and I think my players know very well what I think about the situation and after the game against Chelsea I was very clear.

“I said my vision and I said the truth. We have space for improvement and we started to analyse the game against Chelsea and for sure for us, it will be a good example for us to improve. Not only the tactical aspect but also the mentality.

“This type of game needs much more commitment not only tactically and physically but also mentally and I think we can use this game to improve in other aspects that the people can see outside.

“After a loss, you can learn more than after a win. After a defeat, you can learn more and with my players, they know very well that I’ll tell them always the truth because with the truth you can improve, with good lies I think that you don’t have a long time to live.”

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Conte would be right in saying that he needed to be honest and brutal. It was a poor performance and the players needed to make sure that they knew about it.

He has been truthful throughout his tenure so far and hopefully, that will start to transition into improvement going forward. 

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