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Conte urges Spurs to ´be realistic´ amid unbeaten run

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 3 Sep 2022

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Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte has urged the club to “be realistic” despite an unbeaten start to the Premier League season.

A 2-1 victory over Fulham saw Spurs maintain their fine start to the season, moving just a point behind early pacesetters Arsenal ahead of their clash against Manchester United on Sunday.

Combined with a strong end to last season, which saw Spurs pip the Gunners to Champions League football, excitement around Spurs has risen as the club seeks to end a lengthy trophy drought.

However, Conte has pressed caution amid the rise in expectation and reiterated his belief that the club are still short of being able to compete at the highest level.

“It’s important to have great enthusiasm and be excited for the team. At the same time I have to be realistic as last November the situation was really problematic as we lost 3-0 at home against United and then club decide to make decision,” he said.

“In only 10 months someone think we are same level as other top teams, I don’t think this is realistic. If I want to tell you a lie, I can tell you a lie.”

Spurs’ win against Fulham saw Harry Kane net a fifth of the season and an encouraging display from Richarlison, though last season’s Golden Boot winner Son Heung-Min is still awaiting his first goal of the season.

Conte is not worried though, adding: “I’m not really worried because when I see this type of performances from my players, Sonny included, I’m not worried. We are going to score many goals with these strikers.”

Attention will now turn to Wednesday’s Champions League clash against Marseille, as Spurs’ campaign in Europe’s elite competition gets underway.

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