Tottenham Antonio Conte calls on his players to become ‘killers’ with a winning mentality… Italian urges fans to stay behind the team after they were booed off after Wolves defeat
- Lacklustre Tottenham were booed off at half-time and full-time on Sunday
- Spurs suffered a third successive Premier League defeat at home to Wolves
- Conte believes his players are cracking under the pressure of their poor run
Antonio Conte has called on his players to become ‘killers’ amid fears from the Tottenham boss that his team lack a winning mentality.
Spurs suffered a third successive Premier League defeat at home to Wolves as their top-four hopes suffered a fresh blow on Sunday.
Conte believes his players are struggling for confidence and cracking under the the pressure of their poor run.
Antonio Conte believes his players are cracking under the pressure of their poor run
The Italian said: ‘The problem is you can’t buy a winning mentality, you can only transfer the winning mentality day by day. It is not sure.
‘There are players which are more open. Some need more time to understand this. A winning mentality, in my opinion, means I am ready to kill you to live.
‘In every situation, when you show better desire than your opponent. When you understand that, the defeat has to hurt you a lot – not a little. This is not simple.’
Wolves stunned Spurs with an early strike from striker Raul Jimenez in the sixth minute
Spurs were booed off at half-time and full-time on Sunday, but Conte insists the club’s fans must stop turning on their players.
‘In this moment we have to be realistic and be together also with our fans,’ added the Italian.
‘Our fans have to understand that maybe you need to have patience and wait to build again the situation they were used to in the past.
Leander Dendoncker (left) then extended the club’s lead with a goal in the 18th minute
‘The situation has changed, not just with me, it was the same with other managers in the past.
‘We are working very hard with the players – there is a great commitment but it is not enough. We have to wait and to build, step by step. It is important to be realistic.’
Meanwhile, Wolves boss Bruno Lage played down his team’s European hopes despite this win that saw them leapfrog Spurs into seventh.
When asked if he dreams of a top-six finish, the Portuguese replied: ‘I dream of (our next game against) Leicester. Leicester is a very strong team, very hard to beat.
Tottenham suffered a third successive home defeat in the Premier League on Sunday
‘I don’t believe in talking about words and dreams, I believe in solid things, things I can control.
‘We controlled the game against Tottenham. Their manager is one of the best. Where he goes, he gets results. We came to play with the character I have been asking in the last week.
‘I didn’t want anyone comfortable. I want them to give one step forward to come with character and play our game.’