Antonio Conte jokes Tottenham players 'want to kill' him with dramatic comebacks

Tottenham Hotspur head coach celebrates by pumping his fists after his team's win in the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Leeds United on 12 November, 2022 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, United Kingdom
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Tottenham (opens in new tab) boss Antonio Conte has joked that his players are trying to kill him with their regular late comebacks.

Spurs recovered from 3-2 down nine minutes left to beat Leeds (opens in new tab) 4-3 on Saturday (having also been 1-0 and 2-1 behind earlier in the game), with Rodrigo Bentancur scoring a decisive brace at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The result was the third exhilarating turnaround in two weeks for Conte's side, who also overturned deficits against Bournemouth (opens in new tab) and Marseille – with the latter securing them top spot in their Champions League group.

Such rollercoaster encounters certainly provide great entertainment for those in the stands – and they also get hearts racing on the touchline... Speaking to talkSPORT after the game, Conte – who recently celebrated a year in charge of Spurs – quipped:

"What a game. I said to my players that slowly, slowly, they want to kill me with this type of game.

"In the last period, I think they attempted [to kill me] a lot. For many, many games, we were losing, but we were good to come back.

"For sure, games like this are really good and attractive for the fans – for the people that stay to watch the game – because it's really fun to see two teams playing very [offensively] – trying to score a lot of goals – but at the same time conceding."

Conte acknowledged that such chaotic victories aren't sustainable, though. The Italian continued:

"On my side, I think if you want to be competitive you have to try to have more stability. To have one game and conceded three goals, it means you have to work a lot."

With the season about to pause for the World Cup, Spurs won't be in action until Boxing Day – when they continue their campaign with a London derby away to Brentford (opens in new tab).

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Tom Hancock started freelancing for FourFourTwo in April 2019 and has also written for The Analyst and When Saturday Comes, among others. He supports Wycombe Wanderers and has a soft spot for Wealdstone. A self-confessed statto, he has been known to watch football with a spreadsheet (or several) open...