LONDON (Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur supervisor Antonio Conte stated Wednesday’s 2-0 defeat at Chelsea within the first leg of their League Cup semi-final confirmed how far his present membership lag behind his former one.
An early aim by Kai Havertz and a comical personal aim by Spurs defender Ben Davies put Chelsea in cost and the one comfort for Tottenham was that they prevented additional harm.
While they’re nonetheless nearly within the tie forward of subsequent week’s second leg, Conte pulled no punches when he spoke of the hole between the 2 sides at Stamford Bridge.
“From the beginning Chelsea confirmed to be a lot better than us,” the Italian who gained the Premier League title with Chelsea in 2017 and the FA Cup a yr later, informed Sky Sports.
“The first half we struggled rather a lot, however we all know we’re speaking about among the finest groups on the earth, and in the event you evaluate it to our workforce, there isn’t a comparability.
“Today we have seen the distinction between the 2 groups. I do know the scenario, it’s extremely clear, there is a crucial hole.”
Conte has loved an encouraging begin at Tottenham since arriving in November following the sacking of Nuno Espirito Santo and is unbeaten in his first eight Premier League video games.
But the Italian says reaching the following degree would require greater than just some January signings.
“We want time and endurance. Everyone has to have endurance,” Conte stated. “Tottenham within the final years, the extent has dropped rather a lot, so now now we have to battle to win each sport.
“We must be humble, and proceed to work. It is just not so simple as going to the switch market. It’s unattainable to alter it in a single switch market.
“We must attempt to battle to remain in a superb league place, but when we predict we’re shut, we’re not in the fitting means.”
Tottenham haven’t gained a trophy since beating Chelsea within the 2008 League Cup remaining and that run appears to be like like it’s going to proceed this season as Conte endeavours to bridge the hole.
(Reporting by Martyn Herman, enhancing by Pritha Sarkar)