Tottenham boss Antonio Conte warns entire squad after nervy Vitesse win

Antonio Conte: In profile

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Tottenham boss Antonio Conte says he is not afraid of the work he has to do to improve the Spurs squad following a dramatic first game in charge. Tottenham beat Vitesse Arnhem 3-2 in the Europa Conference League on Thursday in a match which saw three red cards. Conte was only granted his work permit on Thursday morning in order for him to be in the dugout following his appointment on Tuesday.

Goals from Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura and a Jacob Rasmussen own goal put Spurs 3-0 up within half an hour.

But the visitors refused to give up and pulled two goals back before half time.

Rasmussen netted in the right end before Matus Bero narrowed the deficit further.

Spurs had Cristiano Romero sent off early in the second half and faced a barrage of pressure from Vitesse.

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But when the Dutch side had Danilho Doekhi sent off, and then goalkeeper Markus Schubert was given his marching orders for handling outside the area, the points were safe for the hosts.

Conte says it is good for his team to win after going down to 10 men.

But he thinks there is improvement needed from every player in his squad.

“After the red card we were in trouble, but I think to win suffering is good for this team, for these players,” the Italian told BT Sport.

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“They need to improve their confidence, they need to work a lot, and the problem is we’ve got to find the time to work.

“In two days we have to play and then it’s the international break.

“Tonight they wanted to win and for this reason they won but for sure we have to improve. We have to improve.

“But I think that this is the positive, that in my opinion, in my mind, there is a lot of space for improvement for this team, in every single player.”

Spurs play Everton in the Premier League on Sunday, with Conte restricted in the training sessions he has with his players.

But the former Chelsea boss is looking forward to the challenge after getting off to a winning start.

Conte added: “It’s not easy because in two days we’re prepared for this game, now we only have one day because I think tomorrow it is impossible to work with the players who played tonight.

“Also they wasted a lot of energy. Tomorrow they have to rest, we will work with the players that didn’t play.

“We needed to have a bit of patience because we need to work on many aspects, tactically and physically.

“The players as well have to understand what we want but I’m not afraid about the work because I know only through work you can reach important targets.”

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