Remember where we were in November – Antonio Conte

Tottenham boss Antonio Conte told people not to forget where his side came from after their Champions League qualification hopes were met on Saturday.

Spurs lost ground to north London rivals Arsenal, whose victory over Manchester United propelled them into the top four – a position Conte’s side were unable to regain as they limped on. to a 0-0 draw at Brentford.

For Conte’s side to be in the top four is a feat considering their inconsistency and the difficult position they were in when he arrived.

The Italian was appointed in November after Nuno Espirito Santo’s dismal reign and found a side six points clear of the top four.

“I also think for that reason today, with five games to go, we’re talking about Tottenham being in the running for the Champions League. [places]”, Conte said.

“People should not forget in November the big problem that Tottenham was. Now staying with five games to go, the ability to stay in this race means the players have improved a lot and we are doing a great job.

“But we have to know that last month maybe if we give 120% maybe it’s not enough, we have to try to increase and go to 150% to try to achieve that goal. .”

Spurs had no creative threat against the Bees as they made it their second straight game without a shot on target.

Brentford contained them by filling the midfield and denying Spurs attacking players any space.

Thomas Frank’s Brentford side kept Spurs at bay (Adam Davy/PA)

“In a way it’s easier to prepare, but it’s not so easy to quit,” Frank said.

“We have already seen in the last two games that Spurs are the top scoring team and score goals for fun.

“But definitely when you know clear patterns – personally I’m like that myself if we create that more because it also gives players structure but also if you prepare for clear situations you try of course to stop it.

“When it works like today for us, it’s fantastic.

“But there will always be crucial moments in a game where we have to make a defining block or sprint back.”