Antonio Conte has lamented Tottenham Hotspur’s shock 2-0 defeat to Sporting CP on Tuesday evening, admitting that his team can do better.

The Portuguese side scored two late goals at Estádio José Alvalade to secure a huge win – one which sees them move to the top of Group D.

Speaking after the game to the press, Conte admitted that he was unimpressed by his side’s performance in the last ten minutes of the game, stating: “A difficult result for sure, when you lose the game you’re not happy. I think that the game was in [the] balance in the second half and I think we could’ve scored and we tried to win the game but in the last ten minutes we can do much better.

“They scored from a corner and then we conceded the second goal after the 90th minute. I think it’s a pity but a difficult game for sure. We tried to get the win but then at the end we lost the game.”

Despite the manner of the defeat, and his clear disappointment, Conte insisted that they intend to analyse the positives as well as the negatives from the game.

“We try to analyse the game very well with the players to understand what the positive things that we did were and what are the negative situations that we can improve for the future.

“For sure this level is a high level, the Champions League. Against Marseille was another tough game. Tonight was another tough game. We need to know that if we want to have the ambition to go to the next round we have to fight, we have to fight a lot, especially in this group because in this group I see a lot of balance between the teams.”


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