‘Patience is OUT for the fans’: Antonio Conte admits Tottenham supporters have had ENOUGH with the club’s poor form and asks for time to turn around the side’s fortunes… but admits he has ‘no will commit suicide’ to help the club
- Fans chased the players away when the team was eliminated from the Champions League
- Conte is out of contract at the end of the season and is expected to leave the Spurs
- He defended his decision to use Davinson Sanchez for Dejan Kulusevski
Antonio Conte responded to the impatience of Tottenham Hotspur supporters when he vowed to fight until the end of the season, but warned he has no intention of committing suicide for a cause.
The Spurs boss is out of contract in June and is expected to leave, and reinforced this sentiment when he shared his frustrations at living as the public face of an illustrious club without a trophy for 15 years.
“We’ve gone a long way to being competitive to fight to win,” said Conte. “The reality is this, we need time and patience.
“I understood that the patience is running out here for the fans, for the environment and then we’ll see what happens in the future. I’m not stupid enough to commit suicide.
This should of course be clear. If you ask me now, “Are you ready to die for this club now?” Yes. Until the end I’m willing to die for this club and then we’ll see, because I’m not stupid enough to continue committing suicide.
Antonio Conte has admitted he knows supporters have lost patience with his side’s poor form
The Spurs went out of the Champions League on Wednesday with a disappointing performance against AC Milan
“We signed a contract, a strange contract, a year and a half. Usually you sign a three-year contract, but I think it was for the club and also for myself to see the situation.
“For the club to understand my personality, my capacity as a coach and for me from my side, it was also the same. To understand if we were on the same wavelength and if we wanted to do something important.
“Now after a year and a half, the club knows me, I know the club and this situation is clear. For this reason, we have to finish the season and then we’ll see.
“The club knows very well what my thoughts are. I am ready to die for this club until the end of the season. If you ask me, we take the decision with the club and the club knows my thoughts very well.’
Conte was jeered by Tottenham fans when he introduced defender Davinson Sanchez as a late substitute for Dejan Kulusevski against AC Milan on Wednesday, as his team lost Cristian Romero to a red card but still needed a goal to win the tie.
Conte defended his decision to use Davinson Sanchez (pictured) late for Dejan Kulusevski
Harry Kane almost scored in stoppage time, but a goalless draw sent Spurs out, 1–0 on aggregate.
“We had three strikers,” said Conte, laughing and shaking his head. “We have stayed with three strikers. Sonny, Kane and Richarlison and then we put up Pedro Porro and played with a 3-4-3. Without one player we played a 3-3-3 or 3-2-4 but do you think if you win the match just because you play with a striker?
‘You have to take risks, but at the same time not lose the balance if you want to keep one chance. And then we had the chance. But if at that moment you think we can play with four strikers, or make 2-2-4 against Milan with the counter-attack and the space?
‘I do my job and everyone has to do their job. I think I have a career behind me and the experience to try and make the best decision. This is okay, but the fans, I understand the fans, but I am the coach, I always have to try to find the best solution for the team and at the time that was the best solution.