Tottenham blow another two-goal lead – this time in a friendly with Ipswich as Hugo Lloris returns from injury
Tottenham squandered another two-goal lead – this time in a friendly loss behind closed doors with boss Antonio Conte still absent in Italy.
Spurs are preparing for the resumption of the Premier League where they must fight for a place in the top four.
Doom and gloom have surrounded the club in recent weeks following their FA Cup and Champions League exit.
A late defeat at Wolves followed by last Saturday’s collapse at Southampton sparked a fiery outburst from Conte criticizing his players and the property.
Conte then flew back to his homeland and has yet to return to London.
This has left the Italian’s position at the club in major doubt with suggestions that he should be sacked as head coach.
The drama doesn’t appear to have subsided after Spurs once again crumbled from a winning position – their time at the hands of League One side Ipswich.
The friendly match took place at Tottenham’s training ground and included a number of the club’s senior stars who were not called up for international duty.
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The match lasted 70 minutes and was not accessible to fans.
A bright spot for Spurs fans has been the welcome return of captain Hugo Lloris who has been sidelined since suffering a knee injury last month.
Lucas Moura and Japhet Tanganga gave Spurs a two-goal lead but, after Lloris was substituted, Ipswich scored three unanswered times.
Spurs’ run-in will see them battle it out with Newcastle, Brighton and Liverpool for a place in the top four.
Conte’s side cling to fourth place with ten games to go.
They hold a two-point lead over Newcastle but Eddie Howe’s side have two games in hand.
Liverpool are six points behind with two games less and Brighton share the same points as the Reds but have played three games less than Spurs.
Tottenham face a number of key fixtures after the international break, including home clashes with Brighton and Manchester United and trips to Everton and Newcastle.