Antonio Conte revels in first home win and vows to inject ‘all my passion’ into Tottenham and ‘fight’ to close gap on Premier League top four
- Antonio Conte revealed he is determined to inject his passion into Tottenham
- Conte got his first league win as Tottenham boss with his side beating Leeds 2-1
- Tottenham showed good spirit to come from behind and take all three points
- Conte called upon the Tottenham supporters to start making more noise
Antonio Conte says he wants to inject Tottenham Hotspur with his passion after the Italian coach turned cheerleader during his victorious first home game in charge yesterday.
Conte called on the supporters to start making noise towards the end of this match when, with Tottenham leading 2-1, the stadium was too silent for his liking. They responded to his request and at full time, the Tottenham manager celebrated wildly with his coaching staff.
‘It’s a good win and it’s right to celebrate with passion,’ Conte said afterwards. ‘I have great passion and want to transfer my passion in all of this environment.
Antonio Conte says he wants to inject Tottenham with his passion after victory over Leeds
‘You can be good tactically, you can have quality, you can have organisation. But the passion and heart, you have or you don’t have.’
Tottenham’s players were booed at half time, when trailing 1-0. ‘Our supporters was disappointed but it was the same for me and my players,’ Conte said. ‘To have this reaction (in the second half) means you have heart and passion and now we have to put this into every moment.’
Conte said that Tottenham remain outsiders in the race for the Premier League’s top four, but that they must be ready in case any other clubs start to slip.
Tottenham showed excellent spirit to come from behind and secure a 2-1 win against Leeds
‘At this moment there are four teams and there is a gap,’ Conte said, presumably meaning the current top four of Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and West Ham.
‘But I’m not scared about this. I trust in my players and we want to fight and try to stay close. If there is one team that slips in this season or makes mistakes, we must be there.
‘We need to improve. The club called me to improve the situation for the present but also the future. Now I’m happy. I like to work with Tottenham because I know here I can work in the way that I like. Tottenham has to fight and be competitive in every competition this season.’
Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa says he was at fault for the second half display not going to plan
Kalvin Phillips was surprisingly used at centre back, with the 25-year-old told to man-mark his England colleague Harry Kane. ‘I thought he was the best player to go with Kane when he drops to pick up the ball,’ Marcelo Bielsa explained.
Bielsa went on to say it was his own fault that the second half did not go to plan as Tottenham’s midfield started to control possession. ‘I started seeing that problem,’ said the Leeds boss. ‘My task is to see the problem and solve it and I didn’t manage to do this.’