‘I’m not a magician’ – Conte slaughters Tottenham flops after Mura humiliation

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An enraged Antonio Conte saw his Spurs flop producing the biggest Euro horror show in the club’s history and said: “I am not a magician.”

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A last-gasp winner from Mura’s Amadej Marosa condemned 10-man Tottenham’s humiliating defeat against Slovenian Minnows – the lowest-ranked team in the Europa Conference League.

Antonio Conte criticized the quality of some of his players after Tottenham were humiliated by minor Murascredit: getty

Conte was well aware of the challenge he faced when he became Tottenham’s boss, admitting that there was a gap between the club and the top four.


But after the loss to Mura, he was struck by reality and admitted that there was much work to be done to improve the team.

After the match he said: “After three weeks I am starting to understand the situation. It’s not simple.

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“Tottenham’s level is not that high at the moment.

“I am happy to be here but we have a lot of work to do to improve the quality of the team. We are Tottenham but there is a significant difference with the top teams but I am not scared.

“The club is excellent at building a stadium from the outside, but now we start from the back.

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“It is important to know because I am not a magician and after three weeks I have found players who want to work and have a lot of commitment.

“But sometimes that’s not enough.”

Conte gave chances to several fringe players but they failed to impress.

Matt Doherty, Joe Rodan, Pierluigi Golini, Dele Alli, Brian Gil and Ryan Sessegnon came to the side, but the side did not improve, with Sessegnon getting a red card of the first half.

It’s back to the drawing board for Conte and there could be more toil and even stricter rules after butter was added to the banned food list this week.

‘The road ahead of America’

Conte said: “There is a significant difference to the top teams in England. That shouldn’t scare us.

“I am here to work, here to rectify the situation. I know we have to work hard but if we want to be competitive then we also have to improve the quality of the position.

“Winning is always important, but then you have to understand if you are ready to win. At this point in time I think there are a lot of roads ahead of us before we even think we can win.

“Of course I want to reduce the time to try and win something. The situation is starting to become very clear in my mind now.

“I like to win, I play to win in every competition that we have to play. It should be the same for my players.”

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