Graham Souness tells booed Tottenham fans to give Conte time to win trophies


Raham Souness has told Tottenham fans to be patient with Antonio Conte and they will be rewarded with success.

Just today Spurs were booed at half-time after seeing Mohamed Salah score twice for Liverpool to build what turned out to be an unassignable lead.

Spurs have now lost three out of four and the defeat to Liverpool took them out of the top four for the first time since August, but Souness says Conte deserves the patience of any fan who lacks it.

“I think what makes their problem worse is that there is a team [Arsenal] on the road who are doing well and they are seen to be playing a brand of football that is seen as attractive,” Souness told Sky Sports.

“The fact that Arsenal are top of the league and Spurs are fourth… they have the right manager, and with the right support he will do well at this football club.”

Souness continued: “They’ve got some really good players, and they’ll do well. Slowly, slowly, don’t be critical, let the team evolve, let them do their job and support them.

“He alluded to it, I think Harry [Kane] alluded to [in their pos-match interviews]: I think the support could be better. It’s a demanding crowd, it’s a big football club and they sit in the best football stadium in the world, so they think they should have more.

“If Arsenal were sitting below them right now, they wouldn’t be making the same noises.”

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Conte said after the match that he was disappointed by the boos from the fans.

“First of all, I think we have to show great respect all the time for our fans,” Conte told reporters. “They are our fans and they pay for their tickets.

“At the same time, if you ask me if I was a little disappointed (about the boos), yes. Because it’s important at all times to be honest and I think I always keep repeating that, we just started a process.

“I think after a year we have made a lot of improvements. If anyone thinks after just a year we are ready to win, I say that would be really, really difficult. Liverpool are a very good example that it takes time and patience. If we have that, everyone is fine. If not, we can lose our passion and enthusiasm.

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