Tottenham boss Antonio Conte revealed that he feels the blood of their rivals after his side thrashed Aston Villa 4-0. Their bitter rivals Arsenal lost their second consecutive game to Brighton following a loss against Crystal Palace a week earlier. Heung-Min Son scored a hattrick after they had to withstand a lot of pressure in the first half with Hugo Lloris making eight saves in the game.
“A strong team needs character and personality to be strong mentally because during a game you can have a period when you suffer because the opponent is pushing you a lot,” Tottenham boss Antonio Conte said. “Today, the first half was difficult but we knew this because when playing at Aston Villa away in this stadium with this fantastic atmosphere I don’t think there is one team that wins easy. For this reason, I was pleased with the attitude of the players, their composure. They decided to stay strong. And then in the second half, I think we won the game in an important way. For sure, we have to be more good when there is this type of pressure and try to continue to play. Because every time we had the ball we had chances to score.”
“If you have an opposition who plays with high pressure, the space will open to attack. In the second half, we were much better I think because the intensity of Aston Villa was slower,” he added. “It was a great win for us. Especially when you play a game after your rivals for a place in the Champions League – Wolverhampton, Manchester United, and Arsenal – have lost. At this moment you start to feel the blood. It is important at this moment not to fail. We are working a lot on the mentality and the players are giving me satisfaction.”