Antonio Conte speaks about his wing-backs as Tottenham Hotspur draw against Brentford in the Premier League
Speaking in his post-match presser as quoted by Football.London, Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte gave his verdict regarding our wing-backs and current situation after a disappointing result against Brentford.
The Lilywhites who seemed to be flying high not too long ago are now evidently struggling in the final third of the pitch. The North Londoners have not had a single shot on target in their last two Premier League fixtures.
Spurs seemed to lack any fruitful ideas going ahead and their lack of creativity in the opposition half can come back to haunt them. With each substandard performance, the opportunity for a UEFA Champions League spot slowly seems to have become a distant reality.
Conte highlighted that the club from N-17 have a lot to improve. He also spoke about trying to get the best from his current crop of players and shed light on the progress they have made in such a short span of time.
“Now is not fair to speak about the situation that we can improve or not. I’m very happy to have this group of players and I’m trying to exploit every single group of players. Today with five games to play we are talking about Tottenham are in the race for the Champions League [places]. People forget that in November Spurs were in trouble.”
Do we lack quality in our wing-backs?
It is common knowledge that the Italian manager loves to play with a three-man defensive setup. This puts more of the creative burden on the wing-backs who are expected to both attack and defend in equal measure.
We seem to be missing the services of Matt Doherty who is currently out injured. The former Wolverhampton Wanderers right-back was proving to be a constant menace and Emerson Royal has largely struggled to have a similar impact in his absence.
Ryan Sessegnon also had a dull affair against the Bees today and managed very little going forward. Wing-backs have become a very important part of the game and Spurs may not have the requisite talent when compared to the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Reece James from Liverpool and Chelsea respectively.
The former Juventus manager is known to bring out the best from the players at hand and we hope that he can reinvigorate our current crop of players. We may have come a long way since the departure of Nuno Espirito Santo but a lot of work is yet to be done at Hotspur Way.
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Conte highlighted just how far we have come as a club in the last few months. That being said, now is not the time for complacency and the players will have to pull up their socks should they dream of playing in the Champions League next season.