Antonio Conte has urged Tottenham fans to ‘understand the process’ after his side were booed at half-time in the 2-1 loss to Liverpool.
On Sunday, the Reds took a two-goal lead before the break at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as Mohamed Salah struck twice, capitalizing on a big error from Eric Dier for his second.
Spurs were booed loudly in the tunnel at half-time but came out stronger for the second half and pulled one back through Harry Kane.
Asked about the mockery from the home faithful, Conte reminded the supporters of the scale of the job incumbent on him and hinted that he would only stay beyond this season if the supporters were patient.
“We have to show great respect for our fans at all times,” Conte said.
“They are our supporters. They pay for the tickets. At the same time, if you ask me if I was a little disappointed, yes… because it is important at all times to be honest.
He added: “I keep repeating the same thing.
“We have just launched a process. After a year, we have made a lot of improvements. If anyone thinks we’re ready to win already, I have to be honest and tell you it’s going to be really, really tough.
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“I can’t promise right now to win trophies. At the moment, we are far from it. I keep asking for time and patience. I have the experience to tell you that we are far from the other teams which are used to winning and which have a strong workforce to win.
“If we understand this together, it will be good. Everyone wants to win. I am the first who wants to win. If everyone has time and patience, it’s fine, otherwise we continue this season and we see at the end what happens at the end.”
Conte added: “For me, passion and enthusiasm are my fuel. I need this. It’s very, very important to me. »
Responding to the comments, former Spurs manager Tim Sherwood predicted that Conte will leave the club unless he wins a trophy this season.
Sherwood told talkSPORT: “He’s a bit prickly because he’s never had this criticism before, he’s won everywhere else in his career.
“I think if he doesn’t win a trophy this season he will leave.”
Meanwhile, striker Kane regretted another mistake in a big game as Spurs conceded more ground to their front four rivals.
The loss to Liverpool was Tottenham’s third defeat in four league games, the other two inflicted by Manchester United and Newcastle.
Kane said: “If you really want to fight at the top of the league, you have to make sure you find the big moments and come out on top in those kinds of games, and we haven’t.
“We pushed them all the way and I feel like we deserved a second goal. Unfortunately, the damage was done in the first half.
“In big games and key moments, we made too many mistakes this season against the biggest teams and got punished and that was the case today. We need to reduce those mistakes, especially against the top teams. .
“We must be disappointed because we lost the game and we weren’t good enough. Being down at half time has happened too often this season and we have to chase after the game in the second half.