Antonio Conte has called on Tottenham Hotspurs fans to lower their expectations, warning that it’s unrealistic to be thinking about making UEFA Champions League places with the current form of the team.
This was after the North London side lost at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday, making it three consecutive Premier League defeats for Conte’s men.
Spurs appeared to be motoring towards a Champions League spot in January after Conte oversaw an unbeaten nine-game run following his arrival.
But considering the team’s defeats to Chelsea, Southampton and now Wolves have dashed Spurs’ hope of making a top four place.
They are now five points off fourth-placed West Ham – although they do have three games in hand on the Hammers.
And Conte, who has now lost three league games in a row for the first time since 2009, spelt out just how far his side are from challenging at the top end of the Premier League.
“When you lose two games at home and against Chelsea – for a team that want to qualify for the Champions League, it’s impossible to happen,” Conte told Sky Sports.
“We know we have to fight to build something important with the situation but it’s important to know the situation.”
“Maybe our fans shouldn’t be disappointed with the defeat – instead they should try and push us and stay behind us.”
Conte further expressed the need for the team to find the right atmosphere and not be pressured to achieve what’s currently unachievable as of now.
“The players need to find the right atmosphere and feel no pressure about a target that in this moment you can’t reach. I’ve been saying this since my arrival.”
“We need to be realistic and together. Also with our fans. The fans need to understand to have patience, to wait to rebuild again to a situation they were used to in the past. Now the situation has changed, not only with me but with the other coaches.”