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ntonio Conte sounded the changes for the first time as Tottenham manager and will not have appreciated what he saw.

From the kick-off in Slovenia, Spurs looked bulky and clumsy, losing so many challenges and having failed to impose anything on NS Mura who, with all due respect, should be eliminated with relative ease.

Ryan Sessegnon – whose name was verified by Conte ahead of the game – was sent off for two reckless yellow cards before the break and it was only by turning to the cavalry on the bench that turned the tide for Spurs .

That, regardless of Harry Kane’s excellent equalizer before the last minute collapse, will be the concern.

While Conte is far too experienced to make such quick judgments, it is already becoming evident that he does not have the level of internal solutions that were available to him at Chelsea, when he reversed their season.

Investments are needed. Both financially and emotionally, especially given the obvious lack of urgency, more needs to be done if this team is to operate where Conte wants.


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