‘That silence says a lot’ – Ex-Spurs star on what Conte did after Mura defeat

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Paul Robinson has claimed that Antonio Conte must have been really angry at his players after it emerged the Tottenham head coach did not head to the dressing room to speak with the squad following their 2-1 loss to NS Mura last week. 

Conte rotated his squad for the Europe Conference League clash, with many of the players getting their first starts under the new regime. 

Hardly anyone managed to make a good impression on the Italian as a ten-men Spurs side were beaten 2-1 by the Slovenian side after Ryan Sessegnon’s first-half sending off. 

The Tottenham boss did not mince his words after the game, insisting in the post-match press conference that, after three weeks in the job, he now realised how far his side are from the best teams in the Premier League.

Some sources have suggested that Conte ‘went in’ on his players after the defeat.

However, Robinson has now said that the 52-year-old did not utter a word to his players in the dressing room after the loss as he was extremely angry with the performance.

The former Spurs goalkeeper told the Football Show on Sky Sports (30/11/21): “I think he was just astounded at the level of performance. I think that in itself sent out a statement to the players.

“If the players are sat in the dressing room waiting to hear from the manager, and the manager doesn’t turn up, then that silence says a lot more than him coming in by throwing teacups, ranting and raving.

“That really sends out a message. We are all amazed and quite amused at times in the media thinking ‘that’s a real statement. He must be really angry’

“He probably wanted to gather his thoughts. Deliver what he wanted to say to whatever players he wanted to say it to. But him not going into the dressing room after the game is a huge statement.”

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Some coaches prefer not to talk to their players straight after defeats as their emotions are still running high. That could have been the reason Conte did not speak in the dressing room immediately after the 2-1 loss. However, I am sure he and his coaching staff would have addressed the negatives from that performance in the subsequent days. 

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