Antonio Conte looked completely deflated after his Tottenham Hotspur side lost a fourth Premier League match in five attempts on Wednesday night.
Despite having made an unbeaten start to life back in England’s top-flight with Spurs, Conte is now staring at his first major crisis in north London after an unexpected defeat at Turf Moor.
Tottenham looked to have put their form back on track with a stunning 3-2 win at Manchester City over the weekend, but were dealt a harsh reality check up against Sean Dyche’s men in a 1-0 defeat.
Burnley 1-0 Tottenham
Ben Mee’s second-half strike was the only goal that separated the two teams with Spurs damningly becoming just the third team to suffer a Premier League loss at the hands of Burnley this season.
And it couldn’t have been any clearer that the defeat had taken the wind out of Conte’s sails when he looked like a broken man during his post-match interviews.
The former Chelsea manager hasn’t been afraid to mince his words in the press this season by making a series of comments that his Tottenham squad aren’t good enough and huge changes need to be made.
Conte’s remarkable post-match interviews
But the way that Conte was talking at Turf Moor was a completely different kettle of fish, openly declaring that Tottenham need to conduct a review that should include his future at the club.
In fact, having spoken to Conte himself, Sam Matterface even said: “The way Conte just spoke to me just now he was clearly suggesting that he was going to quit as Spurs manager. ‘I have to talk to the club’.”
It truly is as remarkable as it sounds, so be sure to get a taste for how Conte was feeling after a fourth defeat in five league games by checking out his interview with Sky Sports down below:
Antonio Conte says the Club will now have to make an assessment about his future after a defeat to Burnley tonight. pic.twitter.com/z2QLaiEKZX— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) February 23, 2022
🗣 "The players are always the same, the club changes the coaches, the players are the same, but the result doesn't change. I'm too honest to accept this situation."— Football Daily (@footballdaily) February 23, 2022
Antonio Conte apologises to the Tottenham fans after the team lose against Burnley following a win over Man City pic.twitter.com/cdagiPB1VX
Goodness me. That’s not the look of a man enjoying himself.
The remarkable quotes didn’t end there…
And the crazy thing is that the carnage didn’t end there with Conte cutting an unusually self-critical figure in his post-match press conference with more quotes that hinted at a potential exit.
According to Alasdair Gold, the Italian coach added: “We are doing everything to change situation but it’s not enough. Four defeats out of five is not good enough. This doesn’t happen to me.
“Maybe I’m not so good. Tottenham called me to change things but I’m too honest. I could just take my salary but I’m too honest. We’ve lost four out of five games. This is unacceptable. If we continue on this way we have to pay great attention.”
"Maybe I'm not so good. I want to try and move this situation and to also make assessments with the club" 👀— Hayters TV (@HaytersTV) February 23, 2022
Antonio Conte questions whether he is the right man for the job at Spurs in a dramatic post-match press conference 😳#THFC pic.twitter.com/ftoBsfNHrU
Regardless of whether the consequences of this are resignation, absolutely nothing or something in between, there’s no denying that these are truly stunning comments for a manager to casually come out and say.
Admittedly, the writing has been on the wall with some of Conte’s earlier comments about Spurs’ predicament, but it’s never been clearer that the 52-year-old isn’t exactly having a good time back in London.
For now, we’ll just have to wait and see if Tottenham do indeed look into things in the way that Conte was suggesting. Either way, we haven’t heard the last of this, that’s for sure.