Tottenham boss Antonio Conte has admitted he is just beginning to understand the scale of the task he has on his plate following his side’s Europa League loss to Mura.
Spurs never looked like they won as they fell apart a 2-1 loss to the Slovenes Thursday. Mura rightly took the lead in the first half after a combination of their desire to score and Tottenham’s neglect.
Conte made nine changes to his roster for the game and made four more – at the same time – after the break.
Substitute Lucas Moura may have earned his stripes with an assist to equalize Harry Kane. However, it counted for little in the end as Mura snatched a winner from the last breath.
Speaking after the game, expert Glenn Hoddle and Peter Crouch slammed The performance of Spurs. Hoddle claimed that a 15-year-old would be hard pressed to make the mistake Davinson Sanchez made twice – as did the defender.
He was not the only one to perform poorly, however. Ryan Sessegnon received praise from Conte before the game but received a red card after 32 minutes.
Conte admitted that after the outcome he only begins to understand the work he has to do.
“Usually I prefer not to talk to them after the game, especially when the game is not good because you are too emotionally involved,” the manager said in his post-game press conference.
“After the game I think it’s good not to talk to the players. We will do it tomorrow. A bad loss, I’m not happy with what happened.
“This is the second time in a row that we have finished the game with 10, against Speed it was the same. We risked not winning against Vitesse and today it happened again.
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“I think this team is very young but at the same time we have to work and improve because the details move the final result.
“I didn’t like what happened tonight, the performance. I have to be honest and tell you that after three and a half weeks I am starting to understand the situation. I can tell you that the situation is not simple.
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“It is not easy because at the moment because it is sure that the level of Tottenham is not so high,” added Conte.
“There is a big gap with the best teams in England. Of this we must not be afraid.
“I am here to work, here to improve the situation. I know we have to work hard but we also have to improve the quality of the situation because if we want to be competitive.
Spurs return to action on Sunday against Burnley at Turf Moor in the Premier League.