Conte concedes Tottenham’s level is ‘not so high’ after 2-1 Europa Conference League defeat

Antonio Conte has admitted that he is “starting to understand the situation” at Tottenham after their dismal 2-1 Europa Conference League defeat to NS Mura, and warned that he is not “a magician” who can provide an instant fix.

“The only magic I can do is to work,” he said. “To bring work and work to improve, to bring my methods, my ideas of football. But we have to understand that we need time.”

Conte looked taken aback at just how poor his side had been in Slovenia and hinted at the need for reinforcements when he said: “I have found players that want to work and have great commitment but sometimes it is not enough.”

Conte stressed though that the problems went beyond just this game and suggested that the current squad may not be good enough for his ambitions.

“You can push a car at maximum level and sometimes it is not enough to be competitive,” he said.

“I think this team is very young but at the same time we have to work and improve because the details move the final result. I did not like what happened tonight, the performance.

“I must be honest and tell you that after three and a half weeks, I am starting to understand the situation. I can tell you that the situation is not simple.

“It is not simple because in this moment because for sure the level of Tottenham is not so high. There is an important gap to the top teams in England. Of this we must not be scared. I am here to work, here to improve the situation. I know we have to work hard but we have also to improve the quality of the situation, because if we want to be competitive.

“I know that in this moment we need to have patience, time and I am here because I know there are problems to solve. After three and a half weeks, I am happy to stay here (be here) but at the same time I must be honest and tell you we need to work a lot to improve the quality of the (current) squad. We are Tottenham and Tottenham in this moment, there is an important gap.

“But I repeat I am not scared. I want to work. I am ready to work. But we need time, especially for our fans because our fans want to see the team win. Me too. I want to be honest that we need to work a lot to improve the situation. We need time and patience.”

Conte added: “I’m here to work and I’m enthusiastic to work, to rebuild an important situation for Tottenham. We need time but also to do better in everything, everything. We have to do better in everything, everything, everything. To have ambition, ambition in football is important for me.”

He was also at pains to say he was “not scared” at the challenge facing him and Tottenham.

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