The Tottenham manager, Antonio Conte, launched into his players after they blew a two-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Southampton, severely questioning their motivations beyond that and the club itself.
The Italian, expected to leave the club at the end of the season, also brought his own immediate future into question by appearing to criticise the owner, Joe Lewis, and the club chairman, Daniel Levy. “For me this is unacceptable,” Conte said, James Ward-Prowse having scored a penalty to complete Saints’ comeback in the dying seconds. “We are winning 3-1, in control and concede two goals.” Sign up to Football Daily Kick off your evenings with the Guardian's take on the world of football after newsletter promotion Conte, answering just two questions in a 10-minute diatribe, moved far beyond the parameters of a draw that damaged Tottenham’s top-four hopes. “I think it’s better to go into the problem, we are not a team,” he said. “We are 11 players that go into the pitch.
I see selfish players, players that don’t want to help each other and don’t put their heart. This season compared to last, now we are worse in this aspect.
When you are not a team you cannot improve.” Conte harked back to losing 1-0 to Sheffield United in the FA Cup on 1 March as an example of collective failure. “The fire in your eyes.Read more on theguardian.com