Conte identifies one area where Spurs have ‘a lot of space for improvement’

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Antonio Conte
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Antonio Conte praised his players for their performance in the 2-0 win over Brentford last night but admitted the team can still improve when in possession of the ball.

Tottenham’s performance on Thursday was arguably the most comprehensive one since Conte’s arrival at the club at the start of last month.

Brentford hardly created any chances in open play while a goal in each half was enough to see the home side earn a comfortable win.

Sergi Canos headed into his own goal in the 16th minute before Son Heung-min found the back of the net in the 65th minute after a sweeping move from Spurs.

It was certainly a much-needed performance and result following the embarrassing 2-1 defeat to NS Mura in the Europa Conference League last week.

When asked about the difference between the performance in Slovenia and the one yesterday, Conte told Football.London: “The difference was before all the final result because today we won and in Slovenia, it was a really bad defeat for everyone, for everyone.

“I think that you can learn a lot more about a loss than a win, but for sure, the defeat hurt us against Mura. Today a good win.

“To get three points is not easy against Brentford, I have seen a good team, well organised, very dangerous in set pieces, but today we showed a great desire to get three points, great desire to win.

“We fight to win the tackles and we were very, very concentrated.”

Conte praised the way his players put pressure on the opposition without the ball but the Tottenham head coach admitted there is a lot of room for improvement, particularly in possession.

He added: “For sure we can improve. We have a lot of space for improvement in possession.

“Without the ball, I think we did very well. We put pressure from the start until the end.

“I want to see this without the ball, to press the ball and make it difficult for the opponents to play the ball.

“For sure we have to continue to work and to improve in many aspects.”

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It was always going to take time for the players to fully understand their roles within the new system. However, there were signs yesterday that they are getting accustomed to their roles as they seemed very clear when to press and when to drop off.

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