Antonio Conte drops hint on Tottenham future after opening day thrashing of Southampton

Daily Mirror 9 days ago

Tottenham picked up their first Premier League win of the season by beating Southampton 4-1 at home on Saturday, although none of their new signings started the game

Antonio Conte appears committed to Tottenham after admitting he's happy with the players they've brought in this summer, highlighting the club's "common sense" approach.

Spurs have signed Clement Lenglet, Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster, Yves Bissouma, Richarlison and Djed Spence since the window opened. Lenglet, Perisic and Bissouma all came off the bench to help Conte's side hammer Southampton 4-1 at home on Saturday afternoon.

The Saints took an early lead through captain James Ward-Prowse before Tottenham rallied. Goals from Ryan Sessegnon, Eric Dier and Dejan Kulusevski - plus an own goal - helped the hosts secure their first three Premier League points of the new season.

Conte, who has 11 months remaining on his existing deal, has previously complained about Tottenham's transfer activity. Yet he seems pleased with their business so far this summer. "It was a good performance for the final result because we got three points but especially because we deserved to win," said Conte at full-time.

"We created many chances and I like the way we had the possession and the way he pressed very high and the way we tried to win the ball again when we lost possession. There were a lot of situations that we are working with on the team.

"The message was very clear that we've signed new players to improve our squad because our squad was really poor last season and the Champions League spot was a big achievement.

Tottenham thrashed Southampton on Saturday
Tottenham thrashed Southampton on Saturday

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"Our first goal was to improve the squad, not just players physically but also mentally. We wanted the right players for my philosophy and today I preferred to use players from last season because they are [more] reliable than new players because we've only spent two weeks with some of those players because of injuries and Covid.

"We've used common sense to pick the players that have the right characteristics to improve our squad. We have to work to improve and we have the ambition to make ourselves better than yesterday.

"Being happy or not happy was not the problem. It was finding a solution to playing four competitions - to do this you need a squad of 20-22 players and honestly, last season was really poor in the medical aspect. We have improved that aspect.

"The club always pays attention - they have shown common sense, not only to spend money but to get players with certain characteristics to improve the squad."

Speaking in February, Conte complained about Tottenham's decision to allow Bryan Gil, Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso to leave the club on loan the previous month. They also sold Dele Alli to Everton. "It was strange to send [three] on loan and sell one player in January because it means something went wrong in the past," admitted Conte.

"Usually you have to buy players to reinforce your team. But if you send away players on loan you bought in the last two or three years, it means maybe you did something wrong. It will be very important to not make mistakes in the future because in this moment many teams are higher than us."