Conte blames Tottenham’s EFL Cup loss on Mourinho and Espírito Santo

Conte believes that the level at Tottenham Hotspur had dropped considerably over the years.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte has aimed digs at Jose Mourinho and Nuno Espirito Santo for the club’s recent decline. The Italian manager believes that Tottenham lost to Chelsea on Wednesday night due to the decline in the club’s performances over the past few years.

Conte noted in his post-match press conference that his side’s performance on the night showed the difference between his team and other top teams over the years.

“After this game and this game confirmed what I thought about the difference between the teams. But we need to have patience. We need to have patience because there is a lot, a lot of jobs to do in many aspects,” Conte said.

The former Inter Milan manager noted that it would take time to rebuild Tottenham Hotspur due to how much the London side had dropped in quality.

Conte explained: “I think honestly that in this moment and the last years the level of Tottenham has dropped, it has dropped a lot. Now you have to rebuild.

“To rebuild you need to have patience and to have patience you need to have time. We have to know the situation.

“We’re working a lot to try to fight also in the league and stay [up there], but at the moment we’re in the middle. Our situation is this. We’re in the middle, not up and not down, we’re in the middle.”

Tottenham Hotspur have been impressive in the league since Conte arrived, having not lost a game. Though they have crashed out of the Europa League and are now one foot out of the EFL Cup with the semifinal second-leg scheduled for Wednesday, January 12.

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