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Sun 01 January 2023 | 18:10

Antonio Conte: “Villa’s first goal killed Tottenham’s confidence”

After a frustrating draw against Brentford in their return to the Premier League, Tottenham suffered a 2-0 home defeat to Aston Villa thanks to goals from Luiz and Buendia.

Tottenham

 

was the dominant side in their Sunday Premier League clash against 

Aston Villa

. However, unable to score the opener, goals from Douglas Luiz and Emiliano Buendia secured Unai Emery's men a 2-0 away victory.

The Spurs missed the chance to return to the top four as Antonio Conte feels the lack of creativity cost them the game.

"

In the first half, we played with good intensity,"

he told

BBC

.

"We didn't concede anything, and we found a team that defended too deep. Then, we conceded this goal and then the confidence dropped for my players.

"We have to know that our life is this. We have to fight every game for one point or for three points. This is the truth, especially when you are without two or three important players and have difficulties.

"We have different characteristics. We don't have many players who are really good at beating the man. We don't have many creative players in our team. For sure, today was really difficult to find space in the first half.

"I'm sure that if we don't concede the goal, we could win the game instead. The goal that we conceded killed us in confidence and in many situations for sure. You have to try and improve and develop these players to be even stronger.

"We have conceded the first goal, and we try to play to score goals. We understand very well that the league will be really difficult for us.

"We have to try to recover all the [injured] players, and then we have to know that in every game, we have to fight and show that we are strong."

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