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Conte says Spurs were ‘imbalanced’ as Sporting snatch late win in Lisbon

Antonio Conte says Tottenham were ‘imbalanced’ in the second half following the club’s late loss at Sporting Lisbon.

Spurs conceded two stoppage-time goals to fall to a 2-0 Champions League defeat to the Portuguese side, who moved to the top of Group D on six points after back-to-back group stage wins.

 

Conte’s side were unable to make a breakthrough in Lisbon before Sporting struck twice late on, with Paulinho heading in a 91st-minute opener to break the deadlock before substitute Arthur Gomes netted a second moments later.

Defeat was Spurs’ first in all competitions so far this season and Conte believes his side – who remain second after Eintracht Frankfurt won 1-0 against Marseille in the group’s other fixture – were punished for failing to take their opportunities.

“Difficult result,” he told BT Sport. “For sure when you lose the game you’re not happy. I think that the game was imbalanced in the second half. I think we could’ve scored, and we tried to win the game, and then in the last 10 minutes… we can do much better.

“They scored with a corner and then we conceded the second goal after 90 minutes. I think it’s a pity but it was a difficult game for sure. We tried to get a win but in the end we lost the game.

“When you arrive, you have to try to fill the box and to be accurate. I think we had two or three situations that we can do much better in.

“But now we have to rest and think about the next game in the Premier League.”

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