- Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte preferred not to talk to his players after the shock defeat in Slovenia
- 10-man Spurs were shocked by a last-minute winner against NS Mura, a club that was formed less than a decade ago
- Speaking after the game, the Italian boss, who was recently appointed as Tottenham manager, admitted his side were yet to reach the intended heights
Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte has come out with scathing criticism of his side after a shock defeat to minnows NS Mura in the Europa Conference League.
Spurs, who were a much-changed side against the Slovenian outfit, played the majority of the game with 10 men after the dismissal of Ryan Sessegnon in the first half.
NS Mura took a shock lead early on before Harry Kane chipped a fine strike from a tight angle to level matters in the second half.
But against the odds, Spurs fell to defeat at the last minute of the clash when Amadej Marosa exposed some slack defending from Davinson Sanchez to sneak in a deflected strike, against the run of play.
Conte was the first to admit in the post-match press conference that his side were below par in comparison to other sides not only in England but Europe in general.
"I did not like what happened tonight,” Conte said as quoted by BBC.
"I am happy to stay here but at the same time I must be honest and tell you we need to work a lot to improve the quality of the squad. We are Tottenham and in this moment there is an important gap [to the top teams in England].
"If someone thinks that a new coach arrives and Conte won in the past and then I am a magician... But the only magic I can do is to work. To bring work and work to improve, to bring my methods, my ideas of football. But we have to understand that we need time.
The defeat to NS Mura leaves with only second place to fight for in Group G, but that will be enough for them to advance.
They host the unbeaten Rennes in their final group game and will have to win against the French to ensure they secure second place in the group.
Spurs might just have complicated themselves with the shock defeat to the Slovenian side, since finishing second means they will have to endure a two-legged playoff to proceed to the last 16.
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Elsewhere, Manchester United have reportedly reached an agreement with Ralf Rangnick to take over as coach on an interim basis
Rangnick has agreed to a six month deal as interim boss at Manchester United, before taking up a role in consultancy at the club for a further two years.
Source: Sports Brief News