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Tottenham Hotspur v Vitesse – UEFA Europa Conference League – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Reaction
Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 Vitesse
It was mad, messy and in truth, some way from where Antonio Conte wants it to be. Nevertheless, Tottenham provided their new Head Coach with a debut victory, although they almost came a cropper after leading 3-0 inside half an hour.
Heung-Min Son, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane struck as Spurs looked set to give Conte a resounding triumph. However, Jacob Rasmussen and Matús Bero netted for Vitesse before the interval to make it interesting, while the madness continued after the restart with Tottenham’s Cristian Romero along with Danilho Doekhi and goalkeeper, Markus Schubert of Vitesse each seeing red in what proved to be a frenetic tie.
“My first impression, a crazy game, because we were winning 3-0 and I think we were dominating the game, creating many chances to score other goals. Instead, in ten minutes we conceded two goals,” Conte explained.
“In that moment, the confidence – we lost a bit of confidence. I think we have to work also in this aspect. But we should win, we should win, and we won, for sure.
“We risk in the second half after a red card to stay with ten men, they tried to push us, and then I decided to change, to make three changes because I have seen we have lost the balance.
“And in the end, I think we deserved to win because, in the end, we created many chances, more chances than Vitesse.
The Italian added: “I don’t like when this type of game, this crazy game, I call them a crazy game. I want a stable team, I want when there’s a possibility to kill an opponent, you must kill.
“But for sure, my players showed me great commitment, great resilience, and I think this is a good aspect. I think this team needs to win also suffer. It was important today.”