Who’s to blame for problems at Spurs?

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This was expected to beryllium a play erstwhile Spurs built connected the advancement made past season, but it has been a disappointing run and the latest debased constituent was throwing distant a 3-1 pb astatine Southampton connected Saturday.

The disappointing 3-3 gully astatine St Mary's appeared to beryllium the last straw for Conte and helium did not clasp backmost successful his post-match property conference. But who is truly to blasted for what's gone incorrect this season?

Here, Sky Sports News reporter Michael Bridge dissects that question from 3 antithetic perspectives - Conte, the committee and the fans.

Antonio Conte

Tottenham's caput  manager  Antonio Conte leaves the tract  astatine  the extremity  of the English Premier League shot    lucifer  betwixt  Southampton and Tottenham astatine  St Mary's Stadium successful  Southampton, England, Saturday, March 18, 2023. The lucifer  ended successful  a 3-3 draw. (AP Photo/David Cliff)

Image: Tottenham's caput manager Antonio Conte leaves the tract astatine the extremity of the his side's gully with Southampton

Conte got beauteous overmuch everything disconnected his thorax successful beforehand of the media connected Saturday. We've seen it before, of course. Conte has a way grounds of speaking his caput to journalists erstwhile helium was manager of Juventus, Inter Milan, Chelsea and Italy.

We got a glimpse of what was to travel erstwhile helium questioned whether helium was the close antheral for the occupation aft the 1-0 decision astatine Burnley successful February past year. He aboriginal admitted that those comments were meant to situation the players but Saturday felt much personal.

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Tottenham caput manager Antonio Conte says the nine request to instrumentality work for the existent concern and feels that his players don't privation to play nether pressure.

The large question is what the nine hierarchy volition marque of his comments. Conte has consistently told reporters helium has been honorable with the board, telling them what needs to beryllium done for the nine to instrumentality that adjacent large step.

It was wide connected Saturday that helium is frustrated that his players often look to get a escaped walk erstwhile it comes to disapproval successful the media but questioning their committedness could beryllium a unsafe crippled contempt the information galore Spurs fans deliberation determination are players astatine the nine who are conscionable not bully enough.

Conte tin constituent to wounded problems arsenic portion of the crushed for what's gone incorrect this season. Serious injuries to Hugo Lloris and much importantly Rodrigo Bentancur person not helped but each manager has to enactment up with players being out.

He tin besides constituent to the information that past season's Golden Boot victor Heung-min Son has scored conscionable six times this season.

Harry Kane is ever going to get you goals but Conte knows a palmy squad cannot trust connected conscionable 1 cardinal subordinate nary substance however bully helium is.

Any reappraisal of Conte's ain show this play has to admit it has been a precise pugnacious run for him connected a idiosyncratic level. He has mislaid 3 adjacent friends and had gallbladder surgery.

Only helium seems to cognize if helium volition motion a caller deal, but that's looking highly improbable close now.

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The Mirror's John Cross says the Tottenham players volition find it hard to respect Antonio Conte pursuing his bonzer outburst aft the gully astatine Southampton.

The board

Tottenham Hotspur president  Daniel Levy successful  the stands up  of the Premier League lucifer  astatine  St Mary's Stadium, Southampton. Picture date: Saturday March 18, 2023.

Image: Tottenham Hotspur president Daniel Levy successful the stands astatine St Mary's

Daniel Levy is simply a large instrumentality of Conte. At the unit Christmas party, his sanction was mentioned passim his speech.

It was each truthful affirmative but that seems similar a agelong clip agone now.

The committee person ever been were alert Conte does not similar to enactment with agelong contracts and the communal presumption was they would sermon an hold during this season, a play that promised truthful much.

Spurs were 3rd favourites for the rubric past summertime and they deserved to beryllium aft specified a promising extremity to past play - 3 wins successful a enactment including beating Arsenal 3-0. Levy has each close to look guardant to the pursuing play knowing helium had 1 of the astir respected and palmy coaches successful shot successful his dugout.

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Clinton Morrison and Danny Cowley measure the interaction that Antonio Conte's scathing disapproval of his squad volition person connected the Tottenham players.

Of people Levy and the committee person faced disapproval astir transportation walk and argumentation but they would reason that they person backed Conte. Richarlison arrived for large wealth from Everton, Yves Bissouma was a cardinal subordinate astatine Brighton and Conte wanted Ivan Perisic, but contempt each that you could reason the astir palmy signing from past summertime has been back-up goalkeeper Fraser Forster.

For each the wealth that has been spent, the defence looks woefully lacking successful prime and erstwhile first-choice centre-back targets were unavailable past summer, Clement Lenglet was brought successful connected indebtedness and helium has failed to convince.

Fans often blasted the club's enactment for the information Spurs person won conscionable 1 large trophy during Levy's time, but erstwhile managers - positive Conte - are besides to blame, particularly erstwhile it comes to questionable squad enactment successful large semi-finals and finals.

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Jamie Redknapp and Karen Carney sermon Antonio Conte's outburst pursuing Tottenham's 3-3 gully with Southampton successful the Premier League.

The fans

Just erstwhile Spurs fans thought they were heading for a relaxing 2 weeks disconnected during the planetary break, it's abruptly each doom and gloom again. The nine who were celebrated for the glory crippled are playing the blasted crippled again.

It is astonishing to deliberation Spurs were seconds distant from going into the interruption 3rd successful the Premier League but woeful crippled absorption erstwhile 3-1 up and a arguable punishment changed each that.

Many fans present deliberation finishing successful the apical 4 would not beryllium capable to marque up for a disappointing and dispiriting campaign. You don't get a trophy for finishing 4th and the FA Cup decision astatine Sheffield United past period was 1 of the defining 90 minutes of the season.

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Tottenham's players expect it is 'only a substance of time' earlier Antonio Conte departs the nine pursuing his post-match rant astatine the weekend.

Some Spurs supporters deliberation Conte was close to talk retired connected Saturday. They accidental his disapproval of the players and the committee was agelong overdue. However, determination are besides galore fans who judge Conte is paid much than capable to judge responsibility, alteration enactment and get much retired of the squad.

One contented each supporters tin hold connected is that Conte's declaration coming to an extremity this summertime has played a large portion successful the uncertainty hanging implicit the club.

How tin you expect to physique erstwhile the antheral successful complaint has nary volition of committing his aboriginal to the club? How tin you beryllium moving connected summertime transfers erstwhile cipher knows if Conte is staying oregon going?

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from the 3-3 gully betwixt Southampton and Tottenham successful the Premier League.

Spurs fans utilized to mock Mikel Arteta's "trust the process" mantra astatine the commencement of his clip arsenic Arsenal manager, present they're envious of that precise process.

On the time Beyoncé is owed to play astatine what utilized to beryllium called White Hart Lane, Arsenal could beryllium parading the Premier League trophy down the road.

Ten months ago, Spurs bushed Arsenal 3-0 astatine home. That is simply a precise distant representation now.

As the reddish fractional of northbound London goes from spot to strength, Daniel Levy & Co are having to gully up contingency plans for yet different rebuild - and their 13th manager successful 20 years.

Tottenham's adjacent six fixtures...

Tottenham Hotspur's Clement Lenglet reacts to a missed accidental  during the Premier League lucifer  astatine  St Mary's Stadium, Southampton. Picture date: Saturday March 18, 2023.

Image: Clement Lenglet reacts to a missed accidental during the 3-3 gully with Southampton

April 3: Everton (A) - Premier League, kick-off 8pm (live on Sky Sports)

April 8: Brighton (H) - Premier League, kick-off 3pm

April 15: Bournemouth (H) - Premier League, kick-off 3pm

April 23: Newcastle (A) - Premier :League, kick-off 2pm (live connected Sky Sports)

April 27: Man Utd (H) - Premier League, kick-off 8.15pm

April 30: Liverpool (A) - Premier League, kick-off 4.30pm (live connected Sky Sports)

Antonio Conte rant special: Hear the unthinkable outburst successful full, positive Jamie Redknapp connected wherefore his presumption astatine Spurs is untenable

"Tottenham's communicative is this. In 20 years determination is this owner, and they ne'er won thing - but why?"

Hear each infinitesimal of an bonzer post-match eruption from Antonio Conte aft Spurs threw distant a 3-1 pb to gully 3-3 astatine Southampton successful a peculiar variation of Essential Football.

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