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Antonio Conte blasts ‘selfish’ Tottenham players in angry rant after Southampton draw

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Antonio Conte has torn into his Tottenham players following their 3-3 draw against Southampton, accusing them of having a losing mentality.

Tottenham were leading 3-1 with 16 minutes remaining but ended up dropping points as their inconsistent form continued.

Pedro Porro put Tottenham ahead just before half-time, with Che Adams equalising for Southampton early in the second half. Goals from Harry Kane and Ivan Perisic put Tottenham in control, but Southampton responded again to take a point as Theo Walcott scored before James Ward-Prowse converted a penalty late on.

Conte’s side have experienced much frustration this month, going out of the FA Cup to Sheffield United before being eliminated from the Champions League by AC Milan.

The Tottenham boss was left hugely frustrated that his side threw away a lead.

Speaking to Match of the Day, Conte said: ‘I’m really upset because this is not the first time and I think today I can tell you that this is an upset because we are winning 3-1 and 15 minutes to go and I think you have to win. Instead we showed this another time, things started to improve last season but we lost the characteristic of last season. I don’t want to talk about the technical aspect, the spirit is missing.

‘We are not a team. We are a team that everyone is thinking of himself. When you are in this way that can happen, you lose against Sheffield United and drop the FA Cup and with AC Milan and to finish that run you’re winning 3-1 and the last 15 you are able to give them the possibility to come back. I don’t see the sense of responsibility of the players.

‘Now it’s difficult – we are working hard with this group and to move in the right direction. We are going behind, I see a lot of negative situations and a lot of selfish situations and players that I don’t like. I know the way to beat teams, in the past I beat a lot of teams, winning teams. Now instead we are going behind, no one is interested in this. I have great frustration about this because me and the staff stay every day to think of a way to improve. Honestly, it’s time I have to take responsibility for me, the staff, the club but also the players.

‘The players go onto the pitch, I’m the coach OK I take the responsibility, the players have to take some. What happened in the last period is unacceptable and I tried every moment to speak to try to improve the situation and to transfer the importance to be a team and to help each other but I’m not seeing this. Today it happened in a game we’re winning 3-1, it’s in your hands but we have to take the environment. The club and I are always under scrutiny but the players have to take responsibility because I don’t see this.

‘In a process where you want to build something, the tactical aspect is important but the spirit is important. The mind has to stay focussed and despite one and a half years, I saw much more last season. This season we are going backwards.’

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