Antonio Conte lambasted his Tottenham Hotspur gamers as ‘selfish’ after they squandered a 3-1 lead at Southampton to attract 3-3 and drop essential factors of their bid to hold on to fourth place within the Premier League on Saturday.
The Italian, who seems to be more and more prone to depart on the finish of the season or earlier than, launched a rare tirade, described their incapability to carry on to victory as ‘unacceptable’ and questioned their spirit.
Targets by Harry Kane and Ivan Perisic appeared to have sealed a win that may have taken Tottenham into third place however Theo Walcott pulled one again after which Tottenham substitute Pape Sarr gave away a Ninetieth-minute penalty that was transformed by James Ward-Prowse in stoppage time.
Tottenham has 49 factors from 28 video games however Newcastle United, in fifth, have 47 from 26 video games.
“For me it was not a penalty. But the worst situation is what was happening on the pitch. What was happening in the last few months. What is happening in my second season” Conte informed reporters.
“I think that it’s the right moment to speak because I think that after this performance, for me this is unacceptable. We are winning 3-1, in control and concede two goals and Fraser (Forster) made saves. It’s better to go into the problem, we are not a team. We are 11 players that go into the pitch.
“I see selfish players, players that don’t want to help each other and don’t put their heart.”
Conte’s ways are commonly questioned by Tottenham followers who seem to have misplaced persistence along with his strategies.
However Conte turned his ire on the gamers.
“Before today I try to hide the situation and improve the situation with words,” he mentioned. “About tactical and technical, it’s one situation, another is the desire, the fire that you need to have in your eyes, your heart.
“You need to have this in every moment. This season compared to last, now we are worse in this aspect. When you are not a team you cannot improve.”
Conte’s verbal onslaught suggests all shouldn’t be properly within the altering room and sounded just like the phrases of a supervisor able to name time on his Tottenham tenure having managed to get them to fourth place final season after changing Nuno Espirito Santo.
“The club has the responsibility for the transfer market, the coach has the responsibility. But the players, where are the players? I see only 11 players that play for themselves,” he mentioned.
Whereas on paper Tottenham stay firmly within the hunt for a top-four end, Conte recommended discuss of qualifying for the Champions League as ‘useless’.
“We don’t have spirit, we’re not putting heart into the pitch for the badge or the sense of belonging,” he mentioned.
“If we don’t have this we will finish the season really badly. It was a clear problem today but it’s the end of a cycle of bad results. The fans deserve much better than this team.”