|Tottenham boss Antonio Conte has expressed fears over his squad quality after a shock loss to Slovenia side NS Mura in their Europa Conference League group stage game on Thursday. (Photo credit: Sky Sports)|
Tottenham Hotspur boss Antonio Conte woke up to the harsh reality of his side’s frailties in their 2-1 loss to lowly rated NS Mura in their Europa Conference League encounter on Thursday night.
Spurs sink to third on the log and are in danger of crashing out of their easiest opportunity to return to Europe next season when NS Mura striker Amadej Marosa broke on the counter in the last minute of action to score what proved to be the winner.
Tottenham had England youth star Ryan Sessegnon sent off for a second bookable offense just after the half hour mark, having gone down as early as the eleventh minute of action, Spurs leveled in the 72nd minute largely through the industry of Lucas Moura but off the boots of Harry Kane.
With Vitesse drawing level late on at Stade Rennes to earn a valuable point, they’re level on points with Spurs but ahead on head to head; this means the North London side are in danger of losing out as second best in a group already won by the French side.
"After three weeks I am starting to understand the situation," Conte said after overseeing his third game in charge. "It is not simple. At this moment the level at Tottenham is not so high.
"I am happy to stay here but we have to work a lot to improve the quality of the squad. There is an important gap with the top teams but I am not scared.
"I am not a magician and after three weeks I have found players that want to work and have great commitment but sometimes it is not enough."
Spurs next and final group stage game is against the unbeaten group winners Rennes and it’s a must win for Antonio Conte’s side who travel to Turf Moor to negotiate Burnley in the premier league on Sunday and again, it’s a must win game.