ANTONIO CONTE has revealed he is forgoing sleep in a bid to turn around Tottenham’s season.
Spurs’ hopes of finishing in the top four have been hit by a poor run of just two wins in their last seven games.
Harry Kane was left frustrated after blanking in the 2-0 loss to Aston VillaCredit: Getty
And with a tricky period coming up starting with Crystal Palace away on Wednesday, followed by the North London derby and two matches against Manchester City, a turnaround needs to happen fast.
Conte is well aware and appears to be working all hours to sort it out.
He said: “I don’t sleep for Tottenham. This has to be very clear. I don’t sleep.
“Because when I go into a situation I go 120 per cent and I’m not sleeping for Tottenham to try to improve the situation.”
Spurs salvaged a 2-2 draw at Brentford on Boxing Day having gone two goals down.
But things turned ugly on New Year’s Day as they lost 2-0 at home to Aston Villa, where they conceded the first goal for the TENTH game in a row.
Some fans directed their anger towards chairman Daniel Levy after Villa’s second goal went in, with chants ordering the supremo to “Get out of our club”.
Conte said he did not hear the taunt but claimed the best thing for everyone at the club was to stay together.
And while he himself has admitted to being in a dilemma over whether to commit to Spurs’ long-term, building project or leave when his current contract is up in the summer, he praised the club’s hierarchy for the work they have done in the transfer market during his tenure.
The Italian said: “Honestly, I didn’t hear this (chant).
“But it’s important to stay to together. In my life, my family also taught me that the truth is always the best solution, even if this is a bad truth.
“In this moment we are trying together to create a base. I understand that fans want to win, to lift trophies, to be competitive. I understand that very well.
“But to take this step, you need now to create a base, to have patience.
“And I can’t tell you something different or I’ll have to tell you good lies and I don’t like to tell good lies. We’re working very hard for the best of the club.
“We’re working together. We’re in a position where everybody is giving 100 per cent, the players, the staff, the medical department, the club.
“Everybody. But you know, now we have to try to build. It’s important to have patience.
“Then to win a trophy can happen. But in mind the best targets are the Premier League and the Champions League, not the Carabao Cup or FA Cup with the greatest respect for these trophies.
“We’re trying to create a base to become competitive for important targets and be strong. “Now in this moment, we are not almost ready for many situations because we started from such a low point.
“But we’re working. The club in this period tried to sign good players – we signed Romero, Kulusevski, Bentancur, Richarlison.
“The club is trying to do something to accelerate this process. We’ve started this process and we have to be compact and stay together, and to have patience.
“I understand that fans many times don’t have patience but we have to do it, stay together and continue to work in the best possible way.”