If Antonio Conte was watching Tottenham’s final home game of the season then he was probably the least surprised at how the match turned out than any other long-suffering Spurs supporter. It’s little over two months since Conte lost his cool in a now infamous press conference after watching Tottenham blow a 3-1 lead against Southampton.
A week later and it was announced Conte and Tottenham were parting ways and they’ve won just two league games ever since. The Italian drew some heavy criticism for how scathing he was in his final press conference.
Conte called out the players for being selfish, not doing enough to make the fans proud and accused them of being used to not fighting for any silverware for too long. And it’s hard to argue against any of Conte’s savage remarks following the club’s humiliating final home match of the season.
Tottenham took the lead in spectacular fashion when Harry Kane buried a curling effort from the edge of the box into the top-right corner. Spirits were seemingly high in the crowd after that moment, but Brentford – without marksman Ivan Toney – were continuing to cause Tottenham problems.
Bryan Mbeumo ended up turning the game on its head as Tottenham capitulated in the second half before Yoane Wissa rounded out the victory for the visitors in style. For Tottenham, it was the same old story for what has been a dismal season with few highlights.
Kane’s goalscoring feats have once again been the one saving grace in an otherwise embarrassing season for a club of Tottenham’s size. Conte may have hoped that his savage rant would have provided the tipping point to try and inspire something different from the players.
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But it’s instead highlighted all the issues prevalent in Tottenham’s squad with a major overhaul needed under their new manager. Whoever ends up taking the Tottenham job will have to first figure out how to get the supporters back on side.
From there, it’s a case of focusing on Conte’s second and most damning point about the playing squad getting too used to being where they are. Whether that is with our without star striker Kane remains to be seen with Manchester United lurking to sign the attacker.
At 29 years of age, Kane will undoubtedly be looking to win some silverware during his peak years and it’s hard to see this current Tottenham squad changing that. A full reset is needed to ultimately prove Conte wrong about Tottenham as a club.
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