Tottenham are “going in the right direction” despite their dramatic Premier League collapse to Manchester City, but Antonio Conte acknowledges they are “not ready” yet.
Spurs took a two-goal lead into the interval of their Thursday encounter with the champions, only to wildly capitulate in a poor second half showing on the way to a 4-2 loss.
It means they have posted just one win from five league games since Christmas, to see the club slip out of the top four and away from the fringes of the title race.
Defeat to City highlights Tottenham’s shortcomings for Conte, but the Italian is adamant they are also showcasing growth despite difficult results.
“In this moment, we are not ready to fight for important achievements,” he said. “There are other teams more ready than us.
“We are working hard and going in the right direction. In one or two years, we will win this type of games. If I have to compare this game with last season, we played much better today.
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“The performance was good. We played with personality, we created problems for City. Today, we were really brave, but compared to last season, we are conceding too many goals.
“You have to try to justify the goals that we are conceding. This is a period we are not so lucky in. [But] you don’t buy experience. We have to build [it] year by year.”
Ahead of his side’s game with Chelsea, Conte acknowledged he was taking stock of his career following the deaths of several close friends and colleagues in recent months.
The passing of Gian Piero Ventrone, Sinisa Mihajlovic and Gianluca Vialli has affected the Italian, but speaking after the full-time whistle, he insisted he remains focused on the task at hand with Spurs.
“I think that we have to try to understand that we are talking about two different situations,” he added. “This situation is my personal situation.
“[There] will be time to make the right decision for me, for the future, for my family, but this situation doesn’t affect the work and doesn’t affect the team. I’m really focused.”
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