Antonio Conte admitted there were positives and negatives to take from the match against Leeds United today, despite the match being an exciting and enjoyable classic. 

Tottenham came from behind to beat Leeds 4-3 in North London this evening, ensuring they send the fans away happy before the World Cup break.

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Spurs are next in action on Boxing Day and have now guaranteed a place in the top four at Christmas, despite being far from their best over the past month or two.

Rodrigo Bentancur was the hero today as he scored two goals in as many minutes to take Spurs from a 2-3 losing position to a 4-3 win, with earlier goals from Harry Kane and Ben Davies.

This continued a recent pattern for Spurs of conceding first but also winning points from a losing position, showcasing both defensive fragility and a sense of never-say-die spirit.

When asked about his reaction to the game, Conte said (Football London): “I think this game made many many people very happy. I think if you’re in the stadium you’ve seen a 4-3 score, with attractive football.

“It’s fun, but you know if I have to see the positive aspect for sure my players showed me in this period the character. In a lot of games we were losing and then we came back. I think we showed great character, desire and great will not to give up, to believe in the win.

“I try every day to transfer this concept. We need to fight and never give up. Never give up is our mantra. This is the positive side.

“Negative side, to concede three goals is never good. A team that wants to be competitive, to concede three goals is never positive. If you want to reach a good result you want to show stability.

“The last period was really tough for everybody, all the clubs, to play 13 games in 43 days was really tough. It was impossible to work on the pitch on the tactical aspect. For sure when you don’t work on that you are going to lose something defensively.”

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This is the kind of game that football fans love but you know football managers hate. If you win 4-3, you were not in control of the match, and Conte likes to be in control defensively. Fortunately, he will now have around 90 days to work on stuff with his team and many of his players.

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