The boos rang out as Tottenham’s gamers left the sphere after going a sixth straight half of play within the Premier League with no shot on the right track.
His crew trailing 1-0 and being outplayed at residence by an injury-hit Leeds, it doubtless dawned on Antonio Conte that he had a much bigger job on his arms at Tottenham than he might need imagined.
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The Italian’s halftime crew discuss made all of the distinction.
Tottenham got here out with far more depth and delivered a second-half efficiency extra in its new supervisor’s picture as targets by two unlikely sources — Pierre-Emile Højbjerg and Sergio Reguilon — secured a 2-1 win on Sunday.
Within the earlier sport, Manchester Metropolis swept previous Everton 3-0 to maneuver again to second place, three factors behind Chelsea.
It was a primary league win underneath Conte for the reason that Italian changed Nuno Espirito Santo as Tottenham supervisor earlier than the worldwide break. His famend ardour was evident within the remaining minutes as he whirred his arms, urging followers to get behind the gamers to see out victory.
They did, and Spurs climbed to seventh place — above Manchester United, which plunged even decrease within the standings on the day it fired supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after a string of humiliating outcomes.
Conte was as soon as linked with probably changing Solskjaer at United however he has ended up at Tottenham and has but to lose, having began with a win within the Europa Convention League and a 0-0 draw at Everton within the Premier League.
“At halftime, the gamers confirmed me they might win this sport,” Conte mentioned.
“Within the second half I corrected the scenario … I have a look at the stats and Leeds are the most effective within the league for operating and the depth. Within the second half we modified one thing tactically and within the depth we beat them.”
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Man Metropolis’s major inventive menace this season is coming from a defender.
Portugal full again Joao Cancelo arrange 5 targets in two video games for Metropolis earlier than the latest worldwide break and he was at it once more in opposition to Everton, offering a luxurious outside-of-the-boot go for the Forty fourth-minute objective by Raheem Sterling that arrange a routine win at Etihad Stadium.
If that received Metropolis followers excited, Rodri’s thunderbolt from 30 meters (yards) within the fifty fifth was one other second to get them off their seats. Bernardo Silva added a 3rd objective within the 86th.
It was a stable response by Metropolis to large wins by title rivals Chelsea (3-0 at Leicester) and Liverpool (4-0 at residence to Arsenal) on Saturday and achieved with out key gamers like Ruben Dias, who was rested, and Kevin De Bruyne, who’s isolating after contracting the coronavirus.
Leeds was a revelation in its first season again within the Premier League with its high-energy method and penchant for scoring and conceding a lot of targets underneath Marcelo Bielsa. The second season is proving a lot tougher.
After 12 video games, Leeds is one place above the relegation zone after simply two wins thus far and the listing of absentees in Bielsa’s skinny squad is a big concern.
Star striker Patrick Bamford and long-serving defender Luke Ayling have been lacking for a few months, whereas Bielsa was additionally with out Brazil winger Raphinha and Spain striker Rodrigo in opposition to Tottenham due to sickness and damage, respectively.
Leeds nonetheless managed to cease Tottenham having a shot on the right track within the first half by preserving possession properly, and pinched a objective on the break earlier than halftime via Daniel James.
Nonetheless, Hojbjerg’s scruffy equalizer within the 58th was adopted by a close-range end within the 69th from Reguilon, who adopted up Eric Dier’s deflected free kick that got here again off the publish.