New Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte called the goalless draw with Everton a “good start” but admitted he does not like drawing games.
After a scrappy affair low on quality, there was no instant bounce for Spurs, who were well organised at Goodison Park but lacked a cutting edge in the final third. Giovani Lo Celso hit the post with two minutes remaining but Tottenham have now failed to score in their last three games in the Premier League, a run of 347 minutes without a goal, and they have not had a shot on target for their last 225 minutes of league football.
“I’m happy with the draw as we have to start,” Conte told Sky Sports.
“I started to work with my players on Wednesday. We’ve had two games that were vitally important as we needed to win in the Conference League – we want to be competitive in that competition to give satisfaction to our fans. Then to play at Everton is not a good place for the opponent. I have seen some situations in the tactical aspects but the situations I liked were the players wanted to fight. This is the best news.
“For at this moment, the result is good. We needed a point to start. Now we need to keep close to the fourth place and be competitive to close the gap.
“The game against Vitesse was important as we could use video to show the players what we want. For sure, we made mistakes. But we need to work and memorise situations with the ball. We need to understand very well when to go and press to break the defensive line. Usually I’m not happy after a draw, but the work is the only medicine for us.”