Conte hails Kolsevsky and will be imprisoned after his dominant win over Southampton

Tottenham Hotspur took a while to start their Week 1 home game against Southampton, but once they left the Saints in the dust. After losing 1-0 to Sutton early on, they fell behind on goals from Ryan Sessegnon, Eric Der, Dejan Kulusevski and Mohamed Salisu’s own goal to win the match 4-1.

Antonio Conte was certainly pleased with his team’s performance in the first week. And here were Conte’s immediate thoughts after the match, as given for today’s match on BBC:

“It was a perfect start for us, despite falling behind. We started well because we were leading the game but conceded a goal, but then we kept playing and we kept believing in what we were working on in training.

“I liked the match a lot for the result, but especially the way the result was created – creating many chances to score, good possession, good high and medium pressing, and we were good when we lost the ball and hard to get it back.

“I saw a lot of positive things, but we are only in the first match. Today we saw the summer work with my players.” Dian [Kulusevski] She had a huge impact but also last season. He and Rodrygo [Bentaceur] Really integrated with the team. Diane continued this way but he has to continue to act in this way with his behavior and ambition. He has a great ambition – he wants to become one of the best players in his role. I think that ambition is good, if he is humble and keeps working he can do it.”

Conte salvaged some of the most praise for Ryan Sessegnon in his post-match press conference. Cess scored two in the net on Saturday (one was called up for offside) and terrorized Tottenham academy graduate Kyle Walker Peters throughout the match.

“I am really happy for Ciss because first of all we are working very well with him, especially from a physical point of view because in the past this player has had many injuries. After one month and two months and again – an injury or a muscle problem. He is working well. Good and we give him stability from a physical point of view.It is very important to sign a player like Ivan Perisic because he can see the way to try to learn something from Ivan.

“We are talking about a real important player and a great player. Sometimes it is good to bring a player in your team who is a little older but at the same time a good player with experience who can improve the young player on your team. I am really happy that he played a good game today. Emerson played a good game. We have to continue in the same way.

“If you remember three or four minutes before there was a cross and we were really upset [Sess] Because he had to attack him, but then we celebrated his goal. Five minutes before he was not in the right place, seeing the opposite was good. He has to keep showing that quality.”

Spurs were without Oliver Skipp due to injury and Richarlison due to suspension, and Conte opted to start the first game of the season without any of his new signings. Ivan Perisic, Yves Bisoma, Clement Lenglet and Judd Spence were all named to the bench, and while everyone finally made it onto the pitch, Conte was asked why he chose to start the year with the same players he finished the tournament with.

“Me, I’m not surprised because I think I used common sense. At the moment we start the new season and the old players did a great job last season to get a place in the Champions League.

My message was very clear. I trust the old players a lot and at the moment they are more reliable than the new players because they need to work with us and apply their football knowledge. With the old players I’m a step ahead compared to the new players. I think it was right after this match and after the final feeling.

“I am really happy because we have new signings who will go into our process and learn quickly to improve and at the same time they have to know that they have to fight and give me the possibility of rotation. At the moment we play once a week but in September it will be three games a week and it is important to rotate without losing Quality and the club agreed with me.”

Tottenham’s next game could be an even bigger challenge – they travel to Stamford Bridge to play for Chelsea at The Sun. August 14.

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