Spurs must cut out the errors to compete in Champions League: Conte

Tottenham Hotspur coach Antonio Conte said his side were punished for its errors in a 2-0 Champions League defeat to Sporting on Tuesday.

Tottenham’s head coach Antonio Conte gives instructions to his players during a Champions League group D match against Sporting CP.

Tottenham’s head coach Antonio Conte gives instructions to his players during a Champions League group D match against Sporting CP. | Photo Credit: AP

Tottenham Hotspur coach Antonio Conte said his side were punished for its errors in a 2-0 Champions League defeat to Sporting on Tuesday.

Tottenham Hotspur coach Antonio Conte said his side were punished for its errors in a 2-0 Champions League defeat to Sporting on Tuesday but added that it has made progress in Europe since last year.

Spurs, who played in the Europa Conference League last season, created the better chances before Sporting substitutes Paulinho and Arthur Gomes scored in added time to inflict a first defeat of the season on the London club.

“The level of the Champions League is high. It’s very high. You know that to play in this competition you have to reduce the mistakes, because at the end you can pay,” Conte told reporters.

“Tonight we paid a lot and now we are talking about a loss against a team that showed (they are) used to playing in this competition ... You have to continue to improve yourself but this is normal.

“Don’t forget that last season in November we lost to Mura in the Conference League in Slovenia. I think that we then made an important step forward, because tonight in my opinion it was more fair a draw than a defeat honestly.”

Spurs hosts Leicester City in the Premier League on Saturday.

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