Antonio Conte already loses cool with Tottenham squad after ‘screaming’ at poor pass

Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte gives instructions on the touchline during the Premier League match at Goodison Park, Liverpool. Picture date: Sunday November 7, 2021. 


It has not taken long for Antonio Conte to lose his cool with his new side after screaming at his players during Tottenham's draw against Everton.

Spurs hired the feisty Italian last week after sacking Nuno Espirito Santo four months after appointing him to succeed Jose Mourinho.

And one of the first orders for the ex-Chelsea boss was to get Tottenham firing back in front of goal.

But they failed to do so against Everton on Sunday at Goodison Park after a 0-0 draw that left both sets of fans less than pleased.

However, they were not the only ones with Conte fuming on the sidelines - particularly with his players' inability to find Sergio Reguilon free on the other flank.

According to The Athletic, the 52-year-old was screaming at those on the pitch to pass to the Spaniard more often.

On multiple occasions, the former Real Madrid ace found himself with acres of space but several Tottenham players seemed reluctant to make the pass.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte on the touchline during the Premier League match at Goodison Park, Liverpool. Picture date: Sunday November 7, 2021.


That could be put down to a hangover from Nuno's dire style of football or a lack of confidence after some disparaging results recently.

But it is something that Conte must coach out of his side after a frantic start to his Spurs career when they beat Vitesse Arnhem 3-2 in the Europa Conference League last week with both teams seeing a player sent off.

Tottenham have looked utterly toothless in front of goal this season, scoring just nine times in the Premier League.

Only Norwich have scored less and they sit at the bottom of the Premier League.

A side that contains the likes of Harry Kane, Heung-min Son, Lucas Moura and Tanguy Ndombele should be among the top scorers in the division and must be Conte's priority.

One of the most useful tactics that the former Italy boss has incorporated into his teams has been the switch of play using his wing-back system.

With three attacking players in the middle, normal back fours must push over - thus giving one of the wing-backs space on either flank.

It worked with devastating effect at Chelsea where he won the Premier League in 2017, with Marcos Alonso proving a regular goalscorer despite his position as a left wing-back.

During Conte's time in charge at Stamford Bridge, the Spaniard scored 13 times in the Premier League while he has yet to match either total of six and seven in any of his other seasons with the Blues.

So it is no surprise to see the Lecce-born coach lose his cool with his Tottenham players who failed to utilise his usually-prosperous plans.

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