ANTONIO CONTE denies almost quitting Tottenham after Wednesday’s loss to Burnley but warned: Don’t invite me to dinner after the defeat.
The Italians win serial admitted he was a terrible loser, adding: “Certainly, when you lose a game, I’m not the person to have dinner with. You have to understand I’m not the right person.
“When I lose a match, my mood is bad, I prefer to be alone. I like to ignore failure, stay alone and transform failure.
“I need a day to recover – at least.
“That’s me, I don’t like to lose. If you ask me what I hate most in life, it’s losing games.
“My mentality is to prepare mentally, to prepare mentally for my players, for my team and to avoid this kind of situation for my sake.
“There are a lot of coaches who don’t have that. Sometimes I envy this person because I want to be a little softer but at the same time, this approach makes me who I am and who in his career won before as a player and then a coach.
“Certainly when I lose, if you expect me to be happy or go to a press conference and laugh, then I am not this person.
“I apologize if I express my disappointment as it would probably be better to keep this to myself and not show my feelings.
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“I am an honest person, it is very difficult for me to lie or hide the truth and for this reason sometimes my mood is not so good after a loss. Sorry for this but this is who I am. ”
But he was in a much happier and relaxed mood speaking to the media on Friday ahead of Saturday’s lunchtime clash at Leeds.
And asked if he was about to leave Spurs, he said: “No but I think my words are very, very clear.
“I said it was not normal in the last five games, to lose four.
“When this happens, you definitely have to refresh, right? To think, to start evaluating, why it happened and to try to find a solution, to try to find the answer.
“I think this is normal because I am not used to losing this way, when I was a player, when I was a coach.
“For sure, this situation hurts me a lot and I hope for my players and the club as well.”
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https://www.the-sun.com/sport/football/premier-league/4771871/antonio-conte-tottenham-not-quitting-burnley/ Antonio Conte denies he was close to leaving Tottenham after Burnley loss and explains disappointment