Spurs come from behind to defeat Leeds 2-1 at home

The final international break of the year concluded midweek last week leaving football fans up and down the country eager for the return of Premier League action.

It was a great day at the office for Antonio Conte and Tottenham Hotspur as they impressed the home fans with a thrilling 2-1 performance against a lively Leeds side. PierreEmile Hojbjerg and Sergio Reguilon were the goal scorers on the day.

A passionate Conte claims first EPL victory for Spurs

Tottenham fans would have also enjoyed the entertaining sights of a very passionate Antonio Conte in full animation up and down the touchlines as his team clawed all three points to move 7th in the Premier League table.

It was most certainly a game of two halves for Tottenham Hotspur. Marcel Bielsa displayed his tactical prowess in the first half stopping Spurs from registering a shot on target in the opening period, aiming to frustrate their players at every turn. But Tottenham now have a tactical genius of their own and he ignited a passion in his players during the second half which translated into goals and opportunities on the pitch.

After the game, Conte exclaimed that

“I have a great passion and I want to transfer it in all the environment”

meaning he wants to see his players fight with a little more ‘oomph’ more regularly. They made life difficult for Leeds in the second half, making the visitors appear to be lacking in energy and creativity.

Since taking over as the new Spurs boss, Antonio Conte has managed three games. Two wins and 1 draw. This was Conte’s first EPL home fixture and he will be more than happy to see that when pushed, the players can respond and pull a performance out of the bag. The experienced and animated Italian manager has most certainly ‘stopped the rot’ that was plaguing Spurs for a long while.

Spurs already look a different team

The next objectives of Conte will be twofold. Number one: get his main man scoring again. After an impressive international break in which Harry Kane scored 7 goals in 2 games, many expected him to get back on the scoresheet on the weekend. However, his performance was far more promising and as the old saying goes… class is permanent and form is temporary. It will not be long before King Harry finds his scoring boots for Spurs too.

The second immediate ambition of the manager will be to bridge the gap as much as possible between the top four teams and Spurs before the turn of the new year. Spurs are currently 7th with 19 points; 4 points behind West Ham who currently occupy the 4th spot. Conte commented on the fierce competition of the Premier League at the moment:

“I must be honest and say that in England the league is very difficult and every game is tough. You can lose points against all the teams.”

The season is incredibly long and with so many good teams all fighting for the top European spots available there is no telling who is going to finish with Champions League qualification. 12 games have been played and there are another 26 to go. If Conte can transfer his passion into his squad and bolster the ranks come January then Spurs are in a great position to achieve their objectives.

This victory against Leeds has marked a turning point. Not because of the result but because of the performance. Something clicked in that second half we haven’t seen for a while. Whilst it takes a master like Conte to cultivate that passion it takes the entire team to sustain and grow it into a force to be reckoned with.

Spurs had 11 attempts in the second half after just two in the first. Their xG increased from 0.06 to 2.07. They outran Leeds by a further 3.7km in the last 45 minutes. That is the effect Conte can have on this Tottenham team. Players and fans alike must buy into his way of working and his passion. Add a sprinkle of talent on top of that in January and you’ve got yourself a real treat!

The Spurs starting XI

GK

Lloris

DEF

Tanganga
Dier
Davies

MDF

Royal
Højbjerg
Winks
Reguilon

FWD

Moura
Son
Kane

The manager’s thoughts

“The first half, we struggled a lot with the tactical aspect and physically because they brought intensity in the first half to press us in every ear of the pitch… In the second half we changed tactically and the plan. We brought maybe a higher intensity than Leeds and created many chances to scored two goals and we deserved to win.”

What’s next for Tottenham Hotspur?

Spurs are back in European action as they face N.S. Mura away in the Europa Conference League on Thursday.

Spurs then travel up north to face Burnley at Turf Moor. Burnley are currently 18th and have drawn their last two league matches. Conte will be looking to ignite that same fire we saw on display in the 2nd half against Leeds to claim all three points on the road.

Spurs are next playing at home against Brentford on Thursday 2nd December. We have limited hospitality packages left for this fixture so ensure you purchase your tickets soon!