‘I am too honest to close my eyes… maybe I am not so good’: Frustrated Antonio Conte says he could QUIT as Tottenham manager after a fourth defeat in five matches at Burnley, as he calls for an ‘assessment’
- Antonio Conte hinted he could walk away from Spurs after losing to Burnley
- Tottenham have lost four of their last five matches in the Premier League
- ‘I came here to improve the situation but maybe I am not so good,’ he said
- Conte said Spurs’ form was similar to a team fighting relegation
Antonio Conte is set for talks over his Tottenham future after questioning whether he is the right man for the job.
The Spurs boss said his side were showing the form of relegation candidates after they slumped to a fourth defeat in five Premier League games at Burnley last night.
‘I have to talk to the club,’ said Conte. ‘I am too honest to close my eyes and continue in this way, and also take my salary.’
Antonio Conte hinted he could walk away from Tottenham after the 1-0 defeat at Burnley
The defeat was a cold dose of reality for Tottenham after their stunning 3-2 win at Man City
‘I want to take my responsibility. I am open for every decision because I want to help Tottenham.
‘Four defeats in the last five games, this is the first time in my life this type of situation has happened. This is unacceptable.
‘I came in to try and improve the situation with Tottenham but maybe in this moment, I am not so good to improve it. I’m trying to do everything to change the situation but the situation is not changing.’
Conte’s comments come just a week after he spoke out against the club’s ambition in an explosive interview with Sky Italia, in which he lamented losing players such as Dele Alli and Tanguy Ndombele in the January transfer window and buying ‘not ready’ players in an apparent swipe at new arrivals Dejan Kulusevkski and Rodrigo Bentancur.
Tottenham’s thrilling 3-2 win at Premier League leaders Manchester City took the sting out of those words and was heralded as a potential turning point in Spurs’ bid to finish in the top four.
But after the defeat to Burnley Conte spoke as if he felt the win at the Eithad was the exception that proved the rule.
Conte said Spurs’ form was like that of a team fighting to avoid relegation
Harry Kane was a damp squib at Turf Moor after playing one of the games of his life at City
‘Someone has to speak about the race for the fourth place, and the reality from the last five games is we have to pay attention to not fight for the relegation zone,’ he said.
‘This is the truth, this is the reality, and when this type of situation happens, maybe there is something wrong.
‘I’m too honest to close my eyes and to continue to say, “OK I want to finish the season in this way and OK my salary is good”. I want to make an assessment with the club.’
It is the first time Conte has lost four games from five and he called Spurs’ run ‘unacceptable’