Tottenham boss Antonio Conte says final season’s squad was “very poor”, and challenged Dejan Kulusevski to meet his lofty ambitions.
Spurs began their marketing campaign in type with an emphatic 4-1 win in opposition to Southampton. Saints took a sudden lead inside 12 minutes by way of James Ward-Prowse, though from then on it was all Tottenham.
Objectives from Ryan Sessegnon, Eric Dier, an personal objective by Mohamed Salisu and Dejan Kulusevski noticed Spurs take the lead and by no means look again. It proved once more Tottenham he can win even when Harry Kane and Son Heung-min do not rating.
To speak to BBC after the sport, Conte he described his facet’s begin as “excellent”.
“It was a great begin for us, regardless that we went behind,” mentioned the Italian. “We began nicely as a result of we had been main the sport however we conceded a objective however after this we continued to play and we continued to imagine in what we now have been engaged on in coaching classes.
“I preferred the sport so much for the consequence, however extra so the way in which the consequence was carried out – creating a whole lot of probabilities to attain, having good possession, excessive and medium stress, and we had been good after we lose the ball and the power to attempt to get it again.
“I noticed a whole lot of good issues, however we’re solely within the first sport. At present we noticed the summer season work with my gamers.
“Dejan [Kulusevski] made a huge impact but in addition final season. He and Rodrigo [Bentaceur] nicely built-in with the workforce.
“Dejan has progressed on this manner however he has to proceed to work on this manner along with his angle and keenness.
“He has a whole lot of ambitions – he desires to be the most effective gamers in his division. I feel this ambition is sweet, if he’s humble and works to proceed working he can try this. ”
Final 12 months’s Tottenham workforce was “very poor” – Conte
In a separate interview with Sky Sports activitiesConte turned his consideration to the membership’s switch enterprise this summer season.
Spurs have been praised for getting their first six gamers by way of the door on the proper time. Alternatively, the likes of Man Utd and Chelsea are nonetheless searching for new faces even because the season progresses.
Relating to Tottenham’s strikes, Conte admitted that the workforce he inherited was “very poor” and wanted consideration. He additionally shot the membership’s medical division which has been improved.
“The message was very clear that we signed new gamers to enhance our workforce as a result of our workforce was actually poor final season and a spot within the Champions League was an amazing achievement,” mentioned Conte.
“Our first objective was to enhance the workforce, not solely the gamers bodily but in addition mentally. We had been searching for the fitting gamers for my philosophy.
“At present I most popular to make use of final season’s gamers as a result of they’re extra dependable than new gamers as a result of we solely had two weeks with a few of these gamers resulting from accidents and Covid.
“We’ve got used frequent sense to pick gamers with the fitting qualities to enhance our workforce. We’ve got to work to enhance and we now have the will to do higher than yesterday.
“Being blissful or sad was not an issue. It was to discover a answer to play 4 competitions – to do that you want a workforce of 20-22 gamers and actually final season it was actually poor from a medical standpoint. We’ve got up to date that part.
“The membership is at all times paying consideration – it has proven intelligence, not solely to spend cash, but in addition to search out gamers with sure qualities to enhance the workforce.”