Tottenham Hotspur Boss Antonio Conte criticized his side for playing “at a low level” after suffering a stunning last-minute loss to Slovenian side NS Mura in the Conference Europa League on Thursday.
Spurs were upset in the closing moments of the game as Mura striker Amadej Marosa broke the counterattack before scoring a winner to cap a night to remember for the hosts.
Spurs risk being knocked out in the group stage of the competition as they sit in second place, having to at least tie the third place result. Speed in their last game. They can no longer finish in the lead to secure an automatic place in the bottom 16, although they can still earn a playoff berth.
“After three weeks I’m starting to understand the situation,” said Conte after supervising his third game in charge. “It’s not easy. At the moment, the level at Tottenham is not that high.
“I’m happy to stay here but we have to work a lot to improve the quality of the team. There is a big gap with the best teams but I’m not afraid,” added the Italian.
“I am not a magician and after three weeks I have found players who want to work and have a great commitment, but sometimes that is not enough.”
Spurs fell behind in the 11th minute when opposing midfielder Tomi Horvat fired a nice shot from the top corner, and things turned from bad to worse when the midfielder Ryan sessegnon was sent off for receiving two yellow cards in 31 minutes.
The 10 men fought back and the captain Harry kane equalized in the 72nd minute, only for a deflected strike from Mura striker Amadej Marosa in the 94th minute to give the fifth-ranked team in Slovenia’s top flight a famous victory.
Spurs’ final group stage game against undefeated squad leaders Rennes stadium December 9.