‘The difference was’: Sporting boss now delivers his verdict on Antonio Conte’s Tottenham after Champions League clash last night
Sporting Lisbon boss Ruben Amorim has now delivered his verdict on Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur side while talking to the Portuguese club’s official website.
Amorim’s men put in a brilliant display against Spurs as they earned a hard-fought 2-0 win.
Sporting now sit top of the group after winning both of their opening Champions League group games.
Spurs currently sit second in the group after the disappointing defeat but only by goal difference as Frankfurt beat Marseille last night.
Conte’s men were undone by two late goals and now Amorim has delivered his verdict on the Italian’s side.
Sporting boss delivers verdict on Tottenham
Speaking to Sporting’s official website, Amorim feels the individual quality of his players was the difference against a ‘great team’ like Spurs.
“What made the difference was the individual quality of our players,” Amorim said.
“We believed until the end. Even against a great team, we were more cautious than we normally are. We couldn’t afford to break up the game all the time and the players were fantastic.
“In the first half, we were more cautious, and in the second we had more difficulty in keeping the ball. The game was evenly matched, with two teams having the ball but wary of the transitions from the opposition.
“In the end, we were the happier side. We had several opportunities to score and we were happy in the end.”
Former Spurs man Marcus Edwards caused Conte’s defence big problems on the night and nearly scored a superb goal in the first-half.
And despite the win, Amorim feels Spurs are still favourites to win the group as ‘there are still many games to play’.
He added: “Last year we had two defeats to start the group stage, and we went through to the knockout stages. This year it could be the other way around.
“Out there were two mature teams who knew that, off a transition, they could win or lose the game. Congratulations to the players because, with the fatigue and short preparation time they had, and against outstanding players, they were very mature. They were heroes.”
Conte will be bitterly disappointed to lose the game the way he did as his side fell apart in the final moments of the game.
It would have been a decent result if Spurs managed to pick up a point after a lacklustre display.
Now Spurs will need to ensure they get back to winning ways in the Champions League when they face Frankfurt next week.
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