Tottenham Surrenders Another Two-Goal Lead in Closed Doors Friendly Match, Adding to Manager Antonio Conte’s Absence Drama
As they prepare for the Premier League’s resumption, Spurs suffer yet another humiliating defeat in a friendly match that closed its doors to the public. Fans are worried that Tottenham’s tough few weeks, culminating in their exit from both the FA Cup and Champions League, will affect their top-four chances in the Premier League.
A late Wolves defeat followed by a Southampton collapse a week later sparked a fiery outburst from manager Antonio Conte blaming his players and ownership. He then boarded a flight back to Italy and has yet to return, leaving his future as Tottenham’s head coach hanging in the balance.
Adding fuel to the fire, Tottenham succumbed to League One side Ipswich, blowing a two-goal lead during the behind-closed-doors friendly in which several of Tottenham’s senior players saw action.
The game lasted 70 minutes and was not accessible to supporters. One silver lining was captain Hugo Lloris’s return, which happened to coincide with his team’s collapse. The Tottenhams-Captain handed the team a 2-0 lead, but after being substituted, Ipswich came from behind and scored three times.
Tottenham is currently fourth in the league and facing a battle against teams such as Newcastle, Liverpool, and Brighton for a top-four finish in the league. They hold a two-point lead over Newcastle, but they have two games in hand, while Liverpool is six points behind but has two games in hand, and Brighton has played three games less than Spurs, with the same points as Liverpool. The team is set to take on important fixtures after the international break, including match-ups against Brighton and Manchester United at home and trips to Everton and Newcastle.
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