Antonio Conte: Tottenham boss attacks ‘selfish’ player after throwing away two-goal lead at Southampton
Tottenham manager Antonio Conte has accused his team of being a ‘selfish player’ after taking a two-goal lead against bottom-placed Southampton and believes his team is ‘not a team’.
Spurs tried to move into third place with 16 minutes left to lead the Saints 3-1, but a James Ward-Prowse stoppage-time penalty saved the home side a 3-3 draw, leaving them two in the closing stages. Lost points.
The result dampened Tottenham’s top-four hopes, leaving Conte’s side just two points ahead of fifth-placed Newcastle, who are now two games away.
Their collapse at St Mary’s caps a disastrous march for Spurs, who have been trophyless since 2008, being kicked out of both the FA Cup and Champions League earlier this month.
Conte said sky sports After a 3-3 draw: “Last month things were not so good.
“Usually my team has shown good stability, not ups and downs. Instead, if you need to compare this season to the improvement this season compared to last season, instead I lost my job last season by improving the situation.
“I’m not talking about the tactical or the technical side, I’m talking about the spirit, the heart and the responsibility that we have to put on the pitch.
“Instead of going and improving, I think we are going [on] In my experience, without this trait, you could lose to a half team like Sheffield United in the championship. Young players, not in the first team.
“Today against Southampton, we won 3-1 and I feel the realization. My realization is that at any moment anything can happen. [might] break out
“I think it’s also correct. There are moments when the manager is the first to take responsibility and the club is the first to take responsibility. Players, players have to take responsibility because we haven’t seen it in the last month.” I do not like it.
“And I’m not used to seeing this kind of situation. There are so many selfish players and I can’t see the team.”