Conte left with plenty to do after Spurs’ calamity

Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur – Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg – Stamford Bridge – Reaction

Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur

It was an opportunity to see how far his charges had come, but for Antonio Conte, his Tottenham Hotspur side left him with more questions than answers as they were brushed aside by their old nemesis from Stamford Bridge.

In truth, Chelsea won at a canter, although they were reliant on some Keystone Cop defending to establish their two-goal advantage ahead of next Wednesday’s second leg in N17.

Conte had called for a strong mindset ahead of facing his former charges. The response was feeble – The defending highlighted by the Lilywhites Italian chief: “The way we conceded the two goals was strange. For sure there is a disappointment for this,” Conte bemoaned.

“The first goal, we conceded the first goal after a few minutes and then for sure, the situation of the game became difficult for us.

“Conceding the second goal we were a bit unlucky, but when I speak about the improvement of the team and the squad, I include all these aspects.”

Conte continued: “Also, we try to improve our personality, try to make less mistakes during the game. Don’t lose stupid balls. I think this is part of a process and I repeat, I want to be very clear, in these games that we played since I was in charge if you analyse the games, we struggled.

“Every game we struggled. We have to know this. We have to be realistic. We have to know that this season to get three points for us will be difficult, but we have to be ready to do this with all our strengths and our fans have to continue to be behind us in what we’re ready to do.

“They’re fantastic, the fans, but I want to tell the truth and be clear with our fans. Now we’re in the middle and we need time. This is the situation. We need to continue to work hard for twenty-four hours a day but we have to know there is a lot of jobs to do to rebuild the situation in a competitive way.”

Brian Jeeves

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