Tottenham Hotspur legend Glenn Hoddle has issued new manager Antonio Conte a warning over his side's performance against Vitesse in the Europa Conference League.
The Italian took charge of his first game for Spurs as they won 3-2 at home, having survived a comeback from the Dutch side.
Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura were amongst the goals as Tottenham started brightly, but their three-goal lead was cut to just one after mistakes from Eric Dier and Moura before half-time.
The north Londoners survived a barrage of Vitesse attacks despite being a man down after Cristian Romero’s sending off, before the away side self-destructed with two red-cards of their own.
And former manager-turned pundit Hoddle was not convinced by Conte’s trademark 3-4-3 system as an option for Spurs, pointing out that their midfield duo were not of the required level to hold the fort without being overwhelmed defensively.
Hoddle said on BT Sport: “I think he might have to fill that midfield in if he wants to play the three at the back.
“I think he’s got to play three midfield players in there and possibly one of those up front has to come out and then play as a two. Ironically [that’s] what Man United did to Tottenham here at the weekend.
“So play two up top and one dropping in maybe, and you can alternate that, and he’s got some options there.
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“But I think that looking at that midfield, to play that system against the really good side, a Premier League side… they will get punished if they defend like that. They’d have been out of that game.”
Conte on the other hand believed his side deserved to win and relished the confidence boost it provided his players.
He said: “It was a crazy, crazy game and usually I don’t like these types of game.
“When it’s a crazy game it means that can anything can happen. But at the same time I think that we should win, and we won.
“For sure we were winning 3-0 and then we conceded two goals that we can avoid and then after a red card we’re in trouble.
“But I think to win suffering is good for this team, for these players, and they needed to improve their confidence.”
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