Antonio Conte had some heated remarks for his Tottenham players and our club after the draw with Southampton, and while not wrong, he was only half right.
It has been a long and disappointing season for Tottenham Hotspur. Cristian Romero aside, the season will end with zero trophies, even though most of the squad competed for five if we include the World Cup. And as if things could not get worse, we all know that the paper-thin hold on fourth place in the Premier League means it likely will get worse still this season. With this the backdrop for the remainder of the campaign, none of us should be surprised by the predictable performance and results, right down to the late penalty kick. That said, just because the outcome is predictable doesn’t mean that is what we deserve or should accept, and that is what Conte got right in his conference.
What Conte is right about with Tottenham Hotspur
Anyone that has followed Spurs for 10 years or more has already seen this story play out, and the question is, do we catch enough breaks or not for fourth place? And while that is the best-case scenario at this point – fourth place – how the finish happens matters.
We have seen Tottenham Hotspur no-show for far too long at moments big and small. Spurs have been losing to clubs that sometimes should not be on the same pitch, yet that is how Tottenham plays as if they are the fortunate ones to be there, scared to grab what should be theirs.
We should see more from the Spurs’ players
The current lack of heart and effort is the same thing that led to the loss of Pochettino and Mourinho before him, as players down-tooled and did not give what was required to get the desired result.
And frankly, why should the players do more? The club does not demand it. They make more than most of us can dream and are not accountable for any results. Pay for performance is meant for people like teachers, not professional athletes.
At N17, players stick around for ages if they are comfortable with comfort or leave when they want more or speak out.
Conte nailed it for the stale no-show performances we have seen far too many times from many of these same Tottenham players; we deserve more and need more and simply are not getting it.
However, in his rant about the team, he failed to address the other elephant in the room, which was not his contract or lack thereof, but the formation.