Tottenham Hotspur boss Antonio Conte has criticized his team for playing at “not a high standard” after suffering a stunning last-minute defeat to Slovenian team NS Mura in the Europa Conference League on Thursday.
The Spurs were upset in the closing moments of the game when Mura striker Amadej Marosa broke on the counter-attack before bagging a winner to cap off a memorable night for the hosts.
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The Spurs are in danger of being eliminated from the group stage of the competition as they sit in second place and must at least match the third place result of Vitesse in their final game. They can no longer finish on top to automatically secure a last-16 spot, although they can still earn a play-off spot.
“After three weeks I am starting to understand the situation,” said Conte after overseeing his third game in charge. “It’s not easy. At the moment the level at Tottenham is not that high.
“I’m happy to stay here, but we have to work a lot to improve the quality of the squad. There is an important gap with the top teams, but I’m not afraid.”
“I am not a magician and after three weeks I have found players who want to work and have a big commitment, but sometimes it is not enough.”
Spurs fell behind in the 11th minute when opponent Tomi Horvat fired a fine shot into the top corner, and things went from bad to worse when midfielder Ryan Sessegnon was sent off for being shown two yellow cards within 31 minutes.
The 10 men fought back and captain Harry Kane equalized in the 72nd minute, only for Mura striker Amadej Marosa’s 94th minute deflected attack to give the side who were fifth in the Slovenian top flight a famous victory.
The Spurs’ final group match will take place against undefeated group leaders Stade Rennes on December 9.