A tragical history was set yesterday by the Italian as his team lost three games in a row once more, admitting their chances of finishing in the top four are dwindling.
After a 2-0 loss to Wolves on Sunday, Tottenham manager Antonio Conte confessed that qualifying for next season’s Champions League is likely “impossible.” The club has now lost three games in a row under the Italian.
Raul Jimenez and Leander Dendoncker scored first-half goals for Bruno Lage’s visitors in north London, leaving Spurs with no points from their last three Premier League games..
Following a nine-game unbeaten streak to start his reign at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Conte’s record has stalled, and the Italian has admitted that his side will not make the top four this season until they have the mentality to win when the chips are down.
“When you lose two games in a row at home and a previous game against Chelsea, a team that wants to fight for the Champions League, [it] is impossible,” Conte told Sky Sports in his post-match comments.
“The problem is that you cannot buy the winning mentality. You transfer it day by day and [you are] not sure that [it is] day by day, because there are players that are more open and they understand the process quickly, other players need more time to understand this.
“Winning mentality in my opinion means when you play, [thinking] ‘I am ready to kill you and to live’. This is the difference in every duel, every second ball, every set-piece.”
Conte’s honeymoon phase appears to be ended, as a dismal Carabao Cup semi-final exit against Chelsea has hampered his pursuit for silverware since taking over from Nuno Espirito Santo late last year.
With his most recent defeat, he has now matched an unwelcome achievement with the Portuguese in terms of winless streaks.
Spurs have now lost three straight Premier League games for the second time this season, following a three-game losing sequence in September – the first time they have suffered successive losing streaks in a top-flight season since 2004-05.