Spurs worked a lucky spot at Brentford on Saturday, just hours after Arsenal’s victory over Manchester United saw them slip into fourth.
Mikel Arteta now boasts a two-point advantage over his biggest rivals, adding even more weight to next month’s North London derby at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
A week after losing at home to Brighton, Spurs again ran out of ideas at the Brentford Community Stadium and failed to hit the target for the second successive game.
Conte – who has previously suggested he is not the right person for the job – saw the momentum his team built over the past month vanish within days, but insisted the battle is not was still not finished.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, the Italian said: “We have to try to do our best. Of course in November you can’t imagine getting that question. Now we’re in the race and we we have to stay.
“We know it’s very difficult. The opponent tries to be more careful when they play against you but today it’s a good draw and I think it was against a Brentford team who played with a good intensity and which was very dangerous on set pieces.