Tottenham forward Lucas Moura admits manager Antonio Conte was “very, very angry” after his team threw away a 2-1 lead to lose at home to Southampton on Wednesday night. Conte took the helm in north London in November following the sacking of Nuno Espirito Santo.
Tottenham appeared to be well on their way to victory against the Saints after away defender Jan Bednarek steered the ball into his own net after 18 minutes as he attempted to clear a cross.
But the visitors drew level five minutes later as Chelsea loanee Armando Broja turned in Romain Perraud’s pull-back after Ben Davies had slipped over.
Spurs regrouped at the interval and took the lead for the second time in the match with 20 minutes remaining as Son Heung-min connected with Moura’s ball into the area.
The hosts may have thought they had done enough to claim the three points – but Southampton had other ideas.
Mohamed Elyounoussi headed home James Ward-Prowse’s cross with 10 minutes left on the clock, before Che Adams got on the end of another tantalising delivery from the England midfielder.
“We agree and are sad because he knows the way to win a competition and to succeed. We want to impress him.
“Football is about concentration. If you lose it for one second, you make a stupid mistake. After, you need to look down and listen to him.
“He wants us to be almost perfect. That’s good because we can improve and have already improved a lot with him. We need to take advantage of having a manager like him.”
Tottenham will have the opportunity to make amends when they host Wolves on Sunday afternoon.
The two sides are separated by just two points in the Premier League table and defeat for Conte’s men will see them drop below the Black Country team.
Moura has been a regular under Conte and will be hoping for another start when the teams line-up at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
And the 29-year-old admits his manager has helped him improve his game.
“He has a very clear philosophy,” Moura added. “The way he likes to play has helped me a lot.
“He gives me confidence to be free and do what I love to do. I am a player who likes to have the ball, create something and accelerate the game.”
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