‘They got booed’ – Ian Wright claims Spurs man is ‘not bothered’ about criticism  

Antonio Conte
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Ian Wright has claimed that Antonio Conte is only focused on getting results and is not bothered about what people think of Tottenham’s performances.

Despite getting four points in their last two games against Chelsea and Wolves, Tottenham put in poor performances in the first half of both matches. 

On Saturday, Bruno Lage’s side dominated possession before the interval and the home side hardly created any chances in the first 45 minutes.

The half-time whistle was met with a smattering of jeers from the home crowd at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

However, the Lilywhites looked a completely different outfit in the second half as they pressed Wolves high up the pitch and fashioned several goalscoring opportunities.

Harry Kane eventually got the game’s solitary goal in what appeared to be a rehearsed set-piece routine, with Ivan Perisic flicking on a corner at the near post.

In his post-match interview with BT Sport, Conte described Tottenham’s overall performance as “good” and insisted that the three points were fully deserved on the back of the second-half display.

Conte also remarked in the interview: “It is important for fans to understand that sometimes you can struggle and you have to push us from the start until the end”, which seemed to be a clear message aimed at those who booed the side. 

Ian Wright has asked Spurs fans to embrace the fact that Conte has brought a winning mentality to Tottenham.

The Arsenal legend said on Wrighty’s House Podcast: “Enjoy it, as any fan, even Tottenham fans. I know they got booed off at half-time, but in the end, they won 1-0.

“That’s what he (Conte) is doing (winning without being great). The thing with Conte is that he’s not bothered about the noise. He knows what he is doing.”

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Given how much we have improved since Conte arrived, I found it quite unbelievable that some fans were booing at half-time with the game poised at 0-0. While the performance before the interval left a lot to be desired, it was not down to a lack of effort from the players. 

As Conte mentioned in his post-match interview, the supporters need to get behind the team for 90 minutes and we have seen that the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium can be an intimidating place for opposition teams when that does happen.

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  1. How can you say it wasn’t due to a lack of effort from the players? Their intensity in the second half was miles above their effort and application in the first half and the victory followed. Do you think Conte sat them down at half time and said everything was going well? I personally didn’t boo, but please don’t pretend the players performances were good enough in the first half.


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