Furious Antonio Conte “starting to understand” Tottenham’s level after dismal defeat

Conte was not impressed with his side's embarrassing defeat in Slovenia


Conte explained to reporters after the match: “After three weeks I am starting to understand the situation.

“It is not simple.

“At this moment the level at Tottenham is not so high.

“I am happy to stay here but we have to work a lot to improve the quality of the squad.

“We are Tottenham but there is an important gap with the top teams but I am not scared.”

Conte then pleaded with the club’s fans to retain patience with him and the team, insisting that it was a great challenge and would require time to turn around.

The former Juventus, Chelsea and Inter boss added: “I accepted this job and I knew it would be a great challenge for my career, but at the moment my pride doesn't matter.

“My goal and the staff's must be to improve Tottenham and bring them back to a good level, but it will take time and the fans have to be patient.

“First I want to thank the fans and then after the game I don't like talking to the team.

“We'll talk about it tomorrow when we analyse it."

Conte continued: “After this result, my mood is not good.

“This evening is a bad defeat, we complicated our life and the game by finding ourselves down to 10 men for 60-70 minutes.

“For sure this is a bad defeat for us. The performance was poor.

“There is so much to work on.

Conte was left frustrated by his side during their 2-1 loss at Mura on Thursday night

“After tonight I think the same thing: we must work and have patience.

“We are in trouble right now.

“We just have to work to be good and improve the current situation.

“This remains an ugly defeat.”

The former Italian national team boss then said that he was not magician, and the only answer to Tottenham’s problem was hard work and self-belief.

"The only magic I can do is to work,” he added.

“To bring work and work to improve, to bring my methods, my ideas of football. But we have to understand that we need time."

Spurs return to Premier League action on Sunday with a trip to Burnley.