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Tottenham fans tipped to eventually turn on ‘pragmatic’ Antonio Conte over ‘turgid’ attacking play

Tottenham manager Antonio Conte

Tottenham fans have been tipped to start questioning Antonio Conte’s tactics and style of play following the woeful performance at Manchester United on Wednesday evening.

Having played some of their best football of the season in the second-half of the 2-0 win over Everton last weekend, Conte opted to go the back foot again and Old Trafford as United ran out 2-0 winners and could easily have score our or five.

It’s not the first time Conte has employed the same tactic, having sat deep at Chelsea and Arsenal in the hope of playing on the counter, only to be found out defensively.

And former Hibernian striker Tam McManus was not impressed by what he saw in Manchester.

He told Football Insider: “They are a Conte team, they are hard to break down.

“But they don’t look as if they have stacks of goals in them. They missed a lot of chances in that Everton game, it was 1-0 for a long, long time.

“They have Son, Kane, Richarlison and have real quality in those forward areas. But I think Conte is quite a pragmatic coach.

“I don’t think he wants to score a load of goals, he is happy to win 1-0.

“In some of the games I have seen this season they are quite hard to watch, as a neutral.

“As long as you are winning, that’s fine. As long as you are getting results then fine. But when you go to Old Trafford and play like that, Man United battered them.

Supporters might start to ask questions

“When you get a doing off your nearest challengers, the supporters might start asking questions.

“I think Conte is happy with the style and winning 1-0. But I don’t think that’s the way Spurs want to play.

“If they start losing games and continue to look turgid going forward then the fans might start to ask a few questions.”

Conte admitted after the game that Tottenham struggle when the opposition’s level is high.

That was certainly true at Old Trafford as they were dominated throughout and were it not for an incredible display from Hugh Lloris things could have been far worse.

Tottenham will look to bounce back on Sunday when they host an improving Newcastle side.

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