Conte celebrates his first win in Spurs, admits fans were right to be angry with first half against Leeds

Obiajulu Chiagoziem

Antonio Conte, Tottenham’s new Manager agrees with the fans reaction following their first half display to their visitors Leeds in Sunday’s game.

He celebrated his first win as the club’s new manager as his side later came from behind to win the match at a 2:1 final score.

Daniel James of Leeds United opened the scoring in the first half, while goals from Hojbjerg and Reguilon sealed the win in favour of Tottenham.

“This win is very important because we struggled today,” Conte told Sky Sports. “We played two different games and they beat us on the tactical aspect in the first half.

“To play against Leeds and against [Marcelo] Bielsa is not easy. We must be satisfied. This is only a point from which to start for the rest of the season.

“We celebrated the win because I think that it was difficult and we knew this. I read the stats of Leeds and they were the first to bring high intensity. In the first half, we struggled a lot because they played better than us, they won tackles and they led the game. We conceded possession too much.

“In the second half, we changed the plan tactically and we started to put pressure in every area of the pitch. We created chances to score and maybe we deserved to score more goals. For sure it’s an important win because we needed this.

“After the first half, the fans weren’t satisfied with the football and I agreed with them. In the second, we changed it totally. I changed the plan tactically but they then played well and with personality.

“We created difficulties for Leeds in the second half and to win in this way is good as I bring with me and my players two different situations – the first half and the second half.”

With Tottenham securing the needed 3 points, they’re presently ahead of Manchester United as they sit on the seventh position and Conte believes that the club with the remaining 26 games, can reach the first fourth position to be able to qualify for next season’s champions league campaign.

“For sure we want to fight and try to improve the position in the table,” he said. “I must be honest and say that in England the league is very difficult and every game is tough. You can lose points against all the teams.

“At the moment, there are four teams that for many reasons – working with the same coaches or having invested a lot of money – there is a gap to four teams but I’m not scared about this.

“I trust in my players and in this squad. We want to fight to stay close and fight for the Champions League. Then, if there is one team that slips in this season or makes mistakes, we must be there to try to do our best.” he concluded.