Speaking to the press (via Football.London), Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte has had his say on the negative reception directed at Daniel Levy during the defeat to Aston Villa on New Year’s Day.

Despite a best-ever start to a Premier League season and progressing to the knockout stages of the Champions League, this campaign has been plagued by poor performances for Spurs and the fanbase is growing ever more frustrated by the situation off the pitch, too.

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With Conte’s contract due to expire at the end of the season and negotiations between the club and the manager not delivering any positive news just yet, fans are eagerly watching the January transfer window for some signal that the board will back the Italian.

Many believe that, given the necessary resources, Conte can deliver success to Spurs once more. Whether he will receive that backing, remains to be seen though.

The anger of the fans during the 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa on Sunday led to a mass of chants from the Spurs fans at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The supporters sang ‘Daniel Levy, get out of our club’ (Tim Spiers), and now Conte has commented on that situation.

He said: “Honestly, I didn’t hear this, but it’s important to stay together. In my life, my family also taught me that the truth is always the best solution, even if this is a bad truth. In this moment we are trying together to create a base.

“I understand that fans want to win, to lift trophies, to be competitive. I understand that very well, but to take this step, you need now to create a base, to have patience and I can’t tell you something different or I’ll have to tell you good lies and I don’t like to tell good lies.”

Offering possible solutions, he continued: “We’re working very hard for the best of the club. We’re working together.

“We’re in a position where everybody is giving 100%, the players, the staff, the medical department, the club. But now we have to try to build. It’s important to have patience. Then to win a trophy can happen.”

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It’s good to hear Conte address this and his words do suggest that he and his team are acutely aware of the problem. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t feel like everyone is giving 100% at the moment, but hopefully they can turn things around quickly on the pitch at least.

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