Tottenham fans booing their side should be careful what they wish for

SAMI MOKBEL: Tottenham fans booing their side off the pitch should be careful what they wish for – Antonio Conte gives them the best chance of winning trophies and emotions got the better of them against Sporting Lisbon

  • The boos which reverberated around the ground summed up the mood at Spurs
  • Frustration has engulfed this side of the north London divide in recent weeks
  • That feeling will grow after 1-1 Champions League draw against Sporting Lisbon
  • However, Tottenham fans booing their team should be careful what they wish for
  • Manager Antonio Conte surely delivers them their best chance of success 
  • MATCH REPORT: Harry Kane has late winner controversially ruled out by VAR 

The cacophony of boos that reverberated around the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium at half-time summed up the mood.

Frustration has engulfed this side of the north London divide in recent weeks. It isn’t helping that the other lot down the road are flying high at the top of the Premier League.

Then again, Arsenal play their European games on a Thursday; the Gunners would give anything to be where Tottenham were this evening – playing in the Champions League.

The boos that rang around the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium at half-time summed up the mood

Frustration has engulfed this side of the north London divide in recent weeks, and can only have grown after the side’s disappointing 1-1 draw against Sporting Lisbon on Wednesday

It would perhaps serve those Spurs supporters who felt it was necessary to jeer their team down the tunnel well to remember that. Were the jeers directed at Antonio Conte? 

You’d imagine some of them were amid growing murmurings among the fanbase about Tottenham’s rigid tactical style under the Italian, while some of his substitutions have been called into question by supporters in recent weeks.

Those supporters should be careful what they wish for. The most level-headed Tottenham fan must surely agree Conte represents their best opportunity of success. They need only look at his body of work to realise that.

Former striker Clive Allen, interviewed on the pitch here at half-time, called it right as he ordered fans to get behind the team.

They clearly listened, the stadium was a cauldron of positivity in the second half – Tottenham were galvanised as a result.

But fans booing manager Antonio Conte and his side should be careful what they wish for

Spurs deserved their equaliser in the 80th minute, scored by Rodrigo Bentancur. The half-time jeers, all of a sudden, a distant memory. Emotions can get the better football fans, particularly on nights as significant as this.

However, given how badly Tottenham were languishing before Conte’s arrival last November, the fact Spurs are even playing in the Champions League is almost unthinkable in itself.

Of course, history counts for very little when you’re going toe-to-toe at the very pinnacle of professional football. 

Players and managers know they are judged on the present. Yet, with that said, there must be a semblance of perspective.

That does not change the fact that Conte must find an answer to the predicament his team currently finds itself. Three games without victory is never a good look for any team, especially one under Conte’s rule.

Even the most emotional Spurs fan would admit Conte offers them the best chance of success

Tottenham will look at the recent injury absences of attackers Dejan Kulusevski and Richarlison as key reasons behind their recent slump in form. That’s accurate to a point, both have become key players for Conte.

But it’s hard to have much sympathy for any team that boasts Harry Kane and Heung-min Son. Conte will be hoping that the cream eventually rises to the top as he looks to shake his underperforming team out of their rut.

Their second half performance here against Sporting Lisbon provided reasons to be optimistic that results will soon turn the corner.

Conte was sent off for his angry remonstrations after Kane saw his last-gasp winner ruled out by a VAR call that took a eternity.

Tottenham believed they were victims of an injustice. But that isn’t really here nor there. They’d failed to win – again. Until results improve, the natives will continue to be restless.

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