Antonio Conte rants about Tottenham Hotspur’s current problems following loss to Aston Villa

Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte didn’t shy away from discussing the ‘crazy’ expectations of his side during an extraordinary press conference.

Spurs were booed off the pitch on Sunday after a 2-0 loss to Aston Villa. The result means they slipped out of the top four following Manchester United’s win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.

Fans inside the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium gave chants to club chairman Daniel Levy, telling him to sell as soon as possible.

Conte did little to suggest things would get better before they got worse after the game.

Spurs have signed seven players this summer, totaling £149million.

Conte believes he will need significant backing in the January transfer window to secure Champions League qualification in consecutive seasons.

Asked about Spurs’ top four prospects, the 53-year-old admitted: “Last season we did a miracle. We did a miracle. But I knew what the situation was and was very clear with the club.

Conte during the Villa match.  (Image credit: Alamy)
Conte during the Villa match. (Image credit: Alamy)

“Then I vividly remember people talking about Tottenham as title contenders this season, but it was kind of crazy to read that. To become title contenders, a team willing to fight to win something thing, you need a solid base.

“People think you come in and you win. It can happen for a team that’s used to winning in the past. If you’re not used to it, you have to create that, and you need time and patience. I understand that the fans are disappointed because they have waited a long time.

“But you want the truth, I tell you the truth. I know the reality. I am the coach. I live the club every day. I know the situation. I know the vision of the club. The club knows my thoughts on the situation.

Harry Kane consoles Cristian Romero.  (Image credit: Alamy)
Harry Kane consoles Cristian Romero. (Image credit: Alamy)

“At the start of the season I was very clear, we can be competitive but try to keep improving, but there are also clubs that can invest 200 or 300 million pounds and others with different policies, and you must abide by the policy.”

Villa took the lead in the 50th minute after a mistake by Hugo Lloris allowed Emiliano Buendia to score his first league goal since August.

Douglas Luiz doubled the visitors’ advantage with a neat finish after John McGinn’s outstanding pass.

Spurs are back on Wednesday night against Crystal Palace. The pressure is now on Conte, who has won a trophy in his last three managerial positions.

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