The loss to rivals arsenal has since reignited a dimming flame that had shone brightly in the previous games leading up to Tottenham’s visit to the Emirates.
They have recently begun redirecting the ship, amassing an impressive three wins and a draw in their last four games. (Barring United)
A more positive approach was once again seen in Tottenham’s overall gameplay and should be credited to Conte’s willingness to interject new players with refreshed ideas and tactics.
In the presence of the Spurs Faithful, Tottenham dogged an impressive but nervy 3-2 victory versus 10-man Frankfurt Wednesday past.
A spirited Frankfurt rallied back in the 87th minute when substitute Faride Alidou headed home from a corner to set up an anxious end to the game.
Kane’s missed penalty in the 92nd minute was to make the game safe for Tottenham when they were almost immediately punished by Alidou, whose last-minute effort was saved by a soaring Hugo Lloris.
“When we missed the penalty honestly, I was a bit scared, because I thought everything can happen.”Antonio Conte
Conte explained thereafter.
Fortunately for the England captain, Antonio’s side held on for the win to take control of Group D. This ultimately means that a win against visitors Sporting Lisbon on the 26th of October would grant Tottenham a qualifying place in the knockout stages.
“We could have scored many, many goals. Instead, until the end we suffered. For sure, we have to try to learn about this situation and understand the game is never ended.
“But an important win for us. We started in a difficult way but a good reaction, we scored three goals, we had many chances to improve – good saves from their goalkeeper – and in the end we’re leading our group.
“And in the next game against Sporting Lisbon we have to try to get three points to go through to the next round.
“We used the first game [against Frankfurt] to improve and understand how to hurt them. We played a good game, we created many chances and we have to continue in this way.
“At the same time we have to understand, to learn about this game that until the end we have to stay focused.
“It was a disaster if we drew a game like this.”Antonio Conte
Spurs returned to Premier League action last Saturday at home versus 14th-placed Everton.
Saturday’s 2-0 win was Spurs’ tenth in a row at home, their first such run since their final season at White Hart Lane. It was a performance that drew on the continued support of the fans, acting as their battalion, with screams of encouragement and devotion.
Tottenham were pushed in a challenging first half to effectively break down Everton’s deep-lying defensive structure, and was admittedly fortunate to enter the half on level terms after Everton had squandered two decent opportunities on the counter.
Conte’s halftime speech seemed to have sparked a catalyst for a dominant second-half performance from Tottenham.
Spurs hit the ground running. Everton inevitably wilted under the pressure, with Tottenham going on to score the two goals they deserved.
With the final whistle looming, Conte was serenaded and given a standing ovation by home supporters, duly returning the gesture.
“When we play at home, the stadium has to become our fortress. This is very important that this message arrives to our fans. They play an important role, an important part in this situation.”
“To play against a team with fans pushing their team in this way, it makes your life difficult if you are the opponent. It’s the same for us. When we played, for example against Sporting Lisbon, it was very difficult for us, the same against Eintracht Frankfurt.
“I think, to play in our stadium, it has to become very tough, very difficult for every team that’s coming to play.”Antonio Conte
Tottenham’s victory see them make their best-ever start to a Premier League campaign, topped with an impressive unbeaten record at home.
A Reality Check
Tottenham’s recent defeat to Manchester United speaks volume to the work that still needs to be done within the squad. Conte’s post game speech further reverberated what most Tottenham supports would prefer not to hear, granted the circumstances.
But evidently, versus opposition of a higher quality, we fail to consistently uphold the intensity and vigour needed to readily compete. The shift seems to be less radical and more so gradual.
An issue I’m positive Conte will address in the days to come.
With that being said,
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