Tottenham Hotspur boss Antonio Conte was not happy with the result after his team lost to Manchester United two goals to none on Wednesday at Old Trafford. The Italian manager seemed to suggest that Tottenham’s lack of spending in the transfer market is the reason why they are failing to match up to “big teams” like Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United.

“I consider United a really good team. What they did in the transfer market and what money they spent, we are talking about two different levels”, Conte said, adding, “But at the same time, we have to be much better because we are struggling, we struggled against Chelsea, Arsenal, and again today.” 

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This is the North London side’s second defeat in the league after they lost against local rivals Arsenal 3-1 on Saturday, October 1. 

“I think United deserved to win, and they played a really good game,” Conte said. “On our side, I think in these types of games, the level is always going to be very high and we need to improve a lot, a lot, and try to do better than today.”

“The first goal was a deflection but in the end, I have to be honest and tell you that United played better than us. I think into the pitch we put will and I think we have to know that at this level we have to do better. United today showed that they are much better than us.”

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Antonio Conte was missing two of his key attacking players due to injuries: Dejan Kulusevski and Richarlison. They started the match with three midfield players along with Harry Kane and Heung Min Son up top. It was a switch from their normal shape of 3-4-3 where either Kulusevski or Richarlison joins Kane and Son in the attack. 

Spurs are currently in the third position in the Premier League table with 23 points from 11 matches. They are going to play Newcastle united next on Sunday, October 23. After that, they will play Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League on Thursday, October 27.