Antonio Conte has criticized Tottenham’s players, ownership and winning mentality after they conceded a last-gasp penalty to draw 3-3 in the Premier League, Southampton, on Saturday.
Spurs found themselves leading 3-1 with 15 minutes remaining, but Southampton secured a stunning late comeback with goals from Theo Walcott and a sanction in discount time of James Ward Prowse.
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The result keeps Spurs fourth in the table, but they have played two more games than Newcastle United and Liverpool.
After the game, Conte criticized the players for the way they failed to deliver during the campaign in all competitions.
“I’m really upset because this is not the first time and I think today I can tell you that this is a surprise because we are leading 3-1 and with 15 minutes to go and I think we have to win,” Conte told the BBC. Sport.
“Instead, we showed it another time, things started to improve last season, but we lost the characteristic of last season. I don’t want to talk about the technical aspect, the spirit is missing.”
“We are not a team. We are a team where everyone thinks of themselves. When you are like this, that can happen, you lose against Sheffield United and you lose the FA Cup and AC Milan and to end that run you are winning 3-1 and You are able to give the last 15 the chance to come back. I don’t see the players’ sense of responsibility.
“Now it’s difficult: we’re working hard with this group and to move in the right direction. We’re going back, I see a lot of negative situations and a lot of selfish situations and players I don’t like. I know the way to beat teams, in the In the past I have beaten many teams, winning teams.
“Now, instead, we are falling behind, nobody is interested in this. I am very frustrated about this because the staff and I stay every day to think of a way to improve. staff, the club but also the players”.
Speaking at his post-match press conference, Conte also appeared to take aim at club ownership.
“They’re used to it here. They don’t play for something important. They don’t want to play under pressure. They don’t want to play under stress.”
“The story of Tottenham is this. The owner has been here for twenty years and he has never won anything. Why? It’s only the club’s fault, or each coach who stays here. I’ve seen the coaches that Tottenham had on the bench .
“It is time to change this situation if Tottenham want to change. If they want to continue like this, they can change managers, many managers, but the situation cannot change. Trust me.”
Spurs also face significant injury concern after a tearful richarlison he had to be removed within the first five minutes.
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