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The scale of the challenge Antonio Conte faces at Tottenham seems increasingly intimidating

Then it was the trip to Everton, where Spurs displayed all the creative incompetence that had doomed his predecessor’s brief tenure as they failed to register a shot on target in a 0-0 draw. .

Either, it turns out, would have been lightly.

“I have to be honest and tell you that after three and a half weeks I’m starting to understand the situation,” he said. “I can tell you that the situation is not easy because at the moment, for sure, the level of Tottenham is not that high.”

Regarding this performance, that evaluation seemed rather generous and, if this result had been achieved by Jose Mourinho or Nuno Espirito Santo, it could have been considered as a new low.

Upheavals are happening in Europe, yes, but certainly not here, in the continent’s third level competition, on a night which, apart from the freezing temperature, had few of the characteristics of an awkward day; the opposition, although Slovenia’s champion a year ago, was in a sorry state with only one victory out of 11 and the Stadion Ljudski vrt, a comfortable and modern facility 50 km from

Mura’s usual home in the small town of Murska Sobota, with its capacity reduced by Covid regulations, was also not a cauldron of hostility.

Tomi Horvat’s superb curling shot opened the scoring for the hosts in the 11th minute, but it was Ryan Sessegnon’s red card that really changed the color of the game.

The 21-year-old had been mentioned by his new manager during the week and had spoken of wanting to relaunch his career at Spurs, but two ill-advised challenges in 32 minutes spoke of a player short of playing time, to short of us and maybe too much. eager to impress. On the opposite flank, Matt Doherty’s night could not be considered more successful than because when it ended early, in the 52nd minute, Spurs were at least allowed to bring in a replacement.

His departure was part of a quadruple change that portrays Conte’s displeasure minutes after the restart, Bryan Gil, Joe Rodon and Dele Alli – whose days at the club are surely numbered – also dragged on.

It is not known how Davinson Sanchez survived the showdown. There was little sympathy for the Colombian’s slip to allow Horvat’s opener, as he landed on a piece of grass five meters to the left of where he should have been positioned, and, after Harry Kane equalized, the defender was again at fault for Mura. winner at the last minute when, after doing everything he could to regain ground on Amadej Marosa, he overcame, letting the substitute cut inside and escape a shot that deflected Pierluigi Gollini.

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Sanchez’s pitiful performance will have been particularly unsettling for Conte, who needs options in defense following Cristian Romero’s injury, but the center-back was not the only one not claiming a claim as the majority of this second Spurs’ channel gave another dismal account of themselves. , the kind that had prompted Nuno to operate effectively with separate European and Premier League teams.

Conte went on to speak about the extent of the gap between Spurs and England’s top teams, and that will be evident if his side face another European Conference League playoff with two legs on both sides and the other of a trip against champions Manchester City next February.

Not beating Rennes at home in a fortnight and they are unlikely to go that far.


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