Antonio Conte admitted that Tottenham’s level is “not so high” after their dismal Europa Conference League loss to NS Mura on Thursday.
Although Spurs have had some disappointing moments in Europe over the last two seasons – the defeat against Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League earlier this year was one such example – this was Conte’s first loss as club manager and it once again showed the lack of quality depth. in the squad.
Spurs fell behind early before Ryan Sessegnon was sent off for two bookable offenses. Harry Kane managed to equalize but Tottenham were taken away in overtime for a loss that leaves their European hopes hanging in a balance.
Speaking after the match, Conte said: “Usually I prefer not to talk to them after the match, especially when the match is not good because you are too emotionally involved.
“After the match, 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 we end the match with 10, against Vitesse it was the same thing, we risked not winning against Vitesse and today it happened again.
“I think this team is very young but at the same time we have to work and improve because the details move the end result. I did not like what happened tonight, the performance. I have to be honest and say that after three and a half weeks I start to understand the situation. I can say that the situation is not simple.
“It is not easy at the moment because the level at Tottenham is certainly not that high. There is an important gap to the top teams in England. We must not be afraid of this. 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.”
He added: “Winning is always important, but then you have to understand if you are ready to win. At the moment I think there is a lot of way ahead of us before we think we can win. I really want to reduce the time to try to win something. The situation now is starting to become very clear in my mind. I like to win, I play to win in every competition we have to play. This has to be the same for my players.
“The club is outstanding outside, to create a stadium but now we start from the back. It is important to know this because I am not a magician and after three weeks I have found players who want to work and have great commitment but sometimes it is not enough . “
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