Antonio Conte admitted that his first match as Tottenham coach was “crazy” when he saw his team win 3-2 against Vitesse Arnhem in the Europa Conference League, but it was an important step in rebuilding confidence among the players.
Spurs drove into a 3-0 lead within the first half hour against the Dutch side, but lax defense saw them drop twice before half time and struggled just to keep their lead. But they held on and Conte hopes that resilience will create a little more faith.
“It was crazy play and usually I do not like this type of game. It means anything can happen. At the same time I think we should win … and we won,” he told BT Sport after the final whistle.
“We won 3-0 and then we conceded two goals that we can avoid. Then, after the red card, we were in trouble. But I think winning, suffering, is good for this team and these The players. They needed to improve their confidence. I think they needed to work a lot.
“I’m happy because I’ve found a group of players who have shown me great appetite. Tonight they wanted to win and that’s why we won. But of course we have to improve. I also think this is positive because there is a lot of room for improvement in it. this team for each individual player. ”
Conte did not officially take responsibility until Thursday morning because he and his coaching staff were waiting for a visa to be signed so they could start working. He implemented a new tactical system, his proven 3-4-3, but has called for patience as the players need time to adjust.
“The problem is that we have to find time to work because in two days we have to play and then it is an international break,” the Italian explained.
“It was a crazy game … I do not like this type of game. It means anything can happen.”
“Players need to understand what I want.”
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Spurs face Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday, before most of the squad then leaves to link up with their national teams for a week and a half after that.
“We have prepared for [Vitesse] play now, but we only have one day [to prepare for the next one]. I think it will be impossible to work tomorrow with the player who played tonight. They used a lot of energy and tomorrow they have to rest, said Conte.
“We will work with the players who did not play, but we have to have a little patience because we have to work and there are many, many aspects, tactical and physical. In addition, the players have to understand what I want.
“I’m not afraid of work because I know, in my life, that only through work can you achieve important goals.”
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