Jamie O’Hara has revealed that he heard that Antonio Conte tore into the Tottenham players following their 2-1 loss against NS Mura in the Europa Conference League last week.
Conte rang the changes for the clash in Slovenia, handing several players their first start since he arrived at the club. However, following a disastrous first-half, the away side found themselves a goal down and a man down at the interval.
The 52-year-old was forced to ring the changes at the start of the second half but despite getting an equaliser through Harry Kane, the Lilywhites ended up on the losing side owing to the later winner from Mura.
Conte did not hold back after the game, admitting in his post-match press conference that he is no magician and would not be able to fix the issues overnight.
O’Hara also went on a rant on Sky Sports the following morning, accusing the Tottenham players of not showing enough desire.
The former Spurs midfielder has now explained his words and also revealed what he heard about Conte’s actions following the 2-1 loss.
O’Hara told talkSPORT: “I’m just sick of it.
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“As a Spurs fan I’m passionate about the club, I wear my heart on my sleeve and sometimes I can’t hold it in.
“I just want to see Spurs progress and some of those performances with a new manager coming in.
“I’m looking at it from Antonio Conte’s point of view and he would literally be sitting there thinking the same thing.
“I heard through the grapevine that he absolutely went in on some of them big time. He went in.”
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If Conte did give the players a piece of his mind, he was totally justified in doing so after that performance against Mura. The Italian gave a great opportunity to the likes of Dele, Ndombele, Doherty, Sessegnon etc to show what they can do, and all of their performances reeked of complacency.