Tottenham manager Antonio Conte said his side could do “a lot better” after they conceded two goals in added time in a 2-0 Champions League defeat at Sporting Lisbon.
Spurs faced a frustrated evening as it looked like they would manage to a 0-0 draw in Portugal before everything went wrong in the death.
Paulinho nodded from a corner and then Arthur Gomes practically sauntered into the box with the last shot to convert and put Sporting two wins out of two at the top of Group D.
Conte told BT Sport: “It was a difficult result, if you lose the game you’re not happy. I think the game was unbalanced in the second half, we managed to score a goal.
“We tried to win the game and then in the last 10 minutes we can do a lot better. They scored from a corner and we conceded the second goal after 90 minutes.
“I find it a pity. But it was definitely a difficult game, we tried to win, but in the end we lost the game.”
The Spurs were far from their attacking best as Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Richarlison all failed to provide adequate services in an uninspiring performance.
They had a few moments in the second half where they might have gone on, but instead of winning the game, Conte contemplated defeat.
However, the Italian was focused on Saturday’s Premier League clash against Leicester.
“When you arrive you have to try to feed the box, be accurate and be strong to attack the goal,” he said.
“We had two or three situations where we can do a lot better. Now we have to try to rest and think about the next game in the Premier League.”
One of Sporting’s biggest threats was former Spurs academy player Marcus Edwards, who dumped his old club and nearly scored a miracle goal.
The 23-year-old, who former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino once compared to Lionel Messi, said the result was not sweetened by the opposition.
“It doesn’t feel special but it’s a strange feeling playing against Spurs. I was there for so long,” he told BT Sport. “But it was nice to see some players and staff.
“It’s a real family environment that we have here, so I couldn’t be happier.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/antonio-conte-marcus-edwards-leicester-premier-league-champions-league-b2166637.html Antonio Conte is frustrated after Tottenham suffered late against Sporting