Antonio Conte launches brutal attack on “egocentric” Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur supervisor Antonio Conte has launched a scathing attack on his “egocentric” gamers and referred to as out Daniel Levy following his facet’s 3-3 stalemate with Southampton within the Premier League.
The Lilywhites threw away a 3-1 lead to attract with the Premier League’s basement facet, who rescued a degree in second-half stoppage time by means of a James Ward-Prowse penalty.
Tottenham received to half-time with a 1-0 lead because of Pedro Porro‘s strike, however Che Adams levelled for Southampton with simply 41 seconds gone after the restart.
Harry Kane and Ivan Perisic restored Tottenham’s benefit, however the North London facet have been at sixes and sevens defensively, and Southampton instantly diminished the deficit by means of ex-Arsenal man Theo Walcott.
With three minutes gone in harm time, Pape Sarr clipped Ainsley Maitland-Niles inside the realm, and Ward-Prowse despatched the ensuing penalty into the highest nook to finish an exciting Saints comeback.
Conte didn’t maintain again in an unprecedented post-game press convention, claiming that his staff are solely enjoying for themselves and blaming Levy’s stewardship for the Lilywhites’ prolonged trophyless streak.
The North London membership are but to carry a significant trophy because the 2007-08 EFL Cup, and their hopes of FA Cup and Champions League glory each got here to an finish towards Sheffield United and AC Milan respectively earlier this month.
“We’re 11 gamers that go into the pitch. I see egocentric gamers, gamers that do not need to assist one another and do not put their coronary heart,” Conte mentioned, as quoted by soccer.london.
“Right here we’re used to for a very long time. The membership has the accountability for the switch market, the coach has the accountability. However the gamers, the place are the gamers? I see solely 11 gamers that play for themselves.
“Now there are 10 video games to go and somebody thinks we will battle with this perspective, with this spirit, for what the seventh, eight place? What? I’m not used to preventing for this. It is each one’s accountability.
“They’re used to it right here. They do not play for one thing essential. They do not need to play underneath strain, they do not need to play underneath stress. It’s simple on this approach. Tottenham’s story is that this for 20 years. There’s the proprietor however they by no means received one thing.”
Levy was in attendance at St Mary’s as Tottenham didn’t win away from house for the fifth sport operating, placing their top-four hopes in severe jeopardy heading into the ultimate two months of the season.
Tottenham are nonetheless clinging onto the fourth and closing Champions League spot within the desk, however Newcastle United are solely two factors behind with two video games in hand, whereas Liverpool have a six-point hole to make up having performed a sport fewer.
Conte is because of go away Tottenham upon the expiration of his contract this summer time – the consensus now could be that the Italian won’t be signing an extension – however he insisted that uncertainty surrounding his future can’t be used as an excuse for his or her wildly inconsistent kind.
“Excuses. Excuses. Excuses. Attempt to shield them each time. Bah. Come on, come on. We’re professionals. The membership paid us some huge cash, the gamers obtain cash. I acquired cash. To not discover excuses,” Conte added.
“In the event that they need to proceed on this approach, they will change the supervisor, a whole lot of managers, however the scenario can not change. Imagine me.”
Tottenham’s first sport again following the worldwide break sees them journey to Goodison Park to fulfill Everton on April 3.