Fans of Tottenham Hotspur have had very little to be ecstatic about this week, as their FA Cup loss to Sheffield United and defeat in the league against Wolves was compounded by their Champions League exit at the hands of AC Milan. This disappointment came on the back of Antonio Conte‘s failure yet again to take Spurs past the quarter-finals stage in Europe, leaving many to speculate that his reign as manager will soon come to a close. This could mean bad news for Spurs, who have been searching for a new trophy in 15 years since their last victory — could Conte become another casualty in the club’s impressive list of failed attempts? Only time will tell if Spurs are due better luck!
Antonio Conte is staying put with Tottenham if they have their way. The Italian manager affirmed his commitment to see a contract through until its expiration this coming season, making clear that there is mutual respect between the team and himself. He further stated that because even the most accepted measures might not be enough to compete adequately, he has been fighting since the start for lower-hanging fruit like increased performance from his players. That effort seems to be paying off, for he expressed a cautious positivity in the improvement of his side since he’s taken charge so far.
As an athlete, I understand the disappointment that comes with losing. Every game you want to win and strive for greatness, but it is not always possible. Last season was quite a challenge, as we were competing in the Europa Conference League and two years ago we were in the Europa League, both of which are highly competitive leagues. Even still, it can be difficult when expectations versus reality do not align. I sympathize with our fans more than anyone; however, a trophy cannot miraculously show up demanding to be taken home by us. We have to work for it and this takes time – patience is key to achieving success.
Tottenham Hotspur have endured a frustrating start to the season under recently appointed coach Antonio Conte. Though Conte has successfully returned to work quickly post surgery, his latest stint in charge isn’t replicating the heights of his past managerial successes. New tactics and a lack of goals scored in their last three matches have caused concern amongst fans, alongside the struggling performance of key players. Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, former Blackburn striker Chris Sutton claimed it is not only “one single thing” holding Spurs back from hitting top form again, but instead a team of ‘under performers’. With no immediate solution in sight for Spurs, time will tell whether or not Conte can bring renewed success to the North London club and get them back on track to achieving their previous standards.
The recent state of Tottenham Hotspurs has been a notable disappointment for their manager, Antonio Conte. Despite being a notoriously tough coach with a system that is known to have brought him success in the past; his team has lacked the x-factor needed to blow away certain teams. Rather than being boldly proactive, it appears Spurs have settled into a more cautious temperament, often relying on Harry Kane to make something happen. All season long, some players haven’t been living up to their potential and Son Heung-min’s waning form has made an impactful contribution. Perhaps an extended break by the new coach could give them some much-needed energy and motivation in order to reach the highs they once were capable of achieving.
There is an expectation at Tottenham for free-flowing, attacking football that is reminiscent of the days of Gareth Bale and the club’s incredible run to the Champions League Final in 2019. Former Spurs striker Peter Crouch highlighted this when appearing on BT Sport recently and emphasised how important it was for managers here to remove the handbrake and let their players express themselves more. While this has been said before, his words demonstrate just how essential it is for Tottenham to allow its creative talents to truly showcase what they can do if they are to fulfil their ambitions this season.
The disappointment with being knocked out of the Champions League is compounded by a team that had appeared set to reach the Premier League top four and challenge for the top honours in England. However, despite this early promise, the team have failed to capitalise on it in Europe’s premier competition and they seem to be merely going through the motions. This impression is only reinforced by their decisions to rotate players and rest key personnel in both the FA Cup and Carabao Cup games – essentially taking their eye off these additional trophies with long odds of success. Rather than giving importance to delivering silverware, it appears that instead the team are just trying to cement whatever success they can manage at home. This inadequacy has been noted widely among supporters, making for an atmosphere of exasperation as another season passes without reward.
The Tottenham Hotspurs have had a difficult season overall, to the disappointment of the fans. Their rivals have been able to make much greater inroads, with Arsenal topping the league tables ahead of them. Spurs supporters have not been silent about their dissatisfaction either- when six minutes were held up on the board recently at Anfield, Emirates and Stamford Bridge games, encouraging roars were heard while Spurs supporters remained largely accepting despite their disappointment. Jon believes that this season has been a failure so far given how different teams have done since last season and Chris points out just how distraught fans are with how this season has gone.
As always, when things go wrong in football, opinions are divided. For Callum, Antonio Conte’s brand of football is the most atrocious he has seen in 33 years and he thinks it’s time to #Conteout. Darren believes the team was displaying a spineless, heartless, and gutless attitude by surrendering abjectly while Pete found the turgid performance to be soul destroying – like a four hour avant-garde show about a paperclip. Charlie suggests that losing FA Cup should be the trigger for change from Daniel Levy as reaching deep into this competition was never on the cards. Whatever your opinion is, one thing is certain: tonight’s game was disappointing by all accounts.