Antonio Conte: Tottenham must follow the path to title contenders

Antonio Conte has reiterated that Tottenham are in the middle of a process to become a genuine contender for the Premier League title after being criticized for their midweek defeat at Manchester United.

Spurs suffered a second defeat of the domestic campaign on Wednesday, in a similar vein to the poor performance shown at Arsenal earlier this month.

Conte touted United’s buying power ahead of the Old Trafford clash and was quick to point out where his team currently sits in the big six pecking order ahead of Sunday’s visit to Newcastle.

“I know that we need a process, step by step, to become a really, really strong team and become title contenders,” he said.

“I like talking about the process because I know and feel that this club and this team needed our process. Not in 10 months or a year and click ‘You can do it, you’re fine, you’re title contender and better than City, Chelsea, Liverpool, United and Arsenal’.

“You’re trying, but you have to know there’s a way. This path is mandatory. You have to go through this if you want to fight for something special and win trophies.

“Before we reach an important level there is a way we have to go and improve the quality, improve the number of players in the squad, especially if we want to play Champions League and Premier League, but that’s part of the process.

“Then it depends on what we want, a long process, a short process, a medium process. You have the solutions, but you must know that we must be patient.

“I have a lot of respect for the club and what the club wants to try but at the same time I know our options are different to the monsters in England. There’s a difference.

“It doesn’t mean that my aspiration isn’t to fight at the same level, but I think you need time, patience, not making mistakes in the transfer market, a lot of situations. That’s normal for a club like Tottenham right now.”

Spurs’ strong start to the campaign in terms of results meant Wednesday was just their third loss in all competitions.

While their playing style is still debated, the midweek defeat was one of the rare instances they have suffered defeat under Conte in recent months and showed the Italian an important shift in the squad’s mindset.

He added: “The day after a loss, for me the day after is really, really bad.

“I’m trying to improve but on the one hand it could be better for my spirit and my family and on the other hand I know that if I lose this anger to take it for the next one I can lose something important Time to transfer to my players Time to do whatever it takes to avoid defeat.

I know we need a step-by-step process to become a really, really strong team and become title contenders.

Tottenham manager Antonio Conte

“I think if you don’t get a good result, the first step to becoming a winner is to feel defeat within yourself. At every club I’ve worked at, I’ve tried to transfer that to my players.

“When my players and all the people around them start to understand that losing is something different than winning, I think that’s the first step to becoming a winner.

“I think my players are starting that process. I think so. They start this process to feel that defeat hurts them.”

Spurs are without Dejan Kulusevski (hamstring) and Richarlison (calf) but Emerson Royal is available again after suspension. Antonio Conte: Tottenham must follow the path to title contenders

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