Antonio Conte hits out at Tottenham’s current issues after defeat by Aston Villa

Tottenham boss Antonio Conte didn’t hold back when discussing the “crazy” expectations for his side during an emergency press conference interview.

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

Fans inside Tottenham’s stadium chanted at club chairman Daniel Levy, telling him to sell the money as soon as possible.

Conte did little to suggest that things will get better before they get worse after the match.

Spurs signed seven players in the summer for a total of £149m.

Conte believes he will need significant support in the January transfer window to secure Champions League qualification in back-to-back seasons.

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

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

“I remember very well then that people were talking about Tottenham as title contenders this season, but it was a bit crazy to read that. To become a title contender, a team ready to fight to win something, you need solid foundations.

“People think you arrive and win. That can happen for a team that used to win in the past. If you’re not used to it, you have to build it and you need time and patience. I understand the fans are disappointed because they’ve been patient for a long time time.

“But you want the truth, I’m telling you the truth. I know the reality. I’m the manager. I live the club every day. I know the situation. I know the vision of the club. The club knows my thoughts about the situation.

Harry Kane comforts Christian Romero.  (Image credit: Alamy)
Harry Kane comforts Christian Romero. (Image credit: Alamy)

“At the start of the season, I was very clear, we can be competitive but we try to keep improving, but there are also clubs that can invest £200m or £300m and others with different policies, and you have to respect 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 excellent pass.

Spurs return to action on Wednesday evening against Crystal Palace. The pressure is now on Conte, who has won a trophy in his last three managerial posts.

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