Antonio Conte warned Tottenham He has so far avoided making “dangerous” demands on the club.
Pressure on Italy continues to mount After another fragile performance by Spurslost 4-2 to manchester city Despite going into half-time with a two-goal lead at the Etihad Stadium.
This advantage was obliterated by Manchester City in 8 minutes, and the gap with Arsenal was reduced to 5 points.
Meanwhile, Tottenham, who have won just one Premier League game since the World Cup, have Newcastle five points clear of fourth with an extra game.
Conte’s future in north London remains uncertain, with his contract expiring at the end of the season, but the club does have the option to extend it for a further 12 months.
After the defeat to Manchester City, Conte made it clear that any demands he made of the club during his tenure were a far cry from what he would have demanded elsewhere.
“If I asked for the same level as Juventus and Inter Milan, it could be dangerous because my frustration could be very great,” Conte told reporters.
“Instead, I know what my task is in this situation, and then I work very hard because I want to improve. I want to use my vision, ideas and suggestions to improve the team and the club. Then we will definitely watch arrive.
Asked what Tottenham need to do to close the gap above them, he replied: “That’s not my question. It’s the club’s problem.”
goal from Dejan Kulusevski Emerson Royal took control of Tottenham after 45 minutes, although a rare first-half lead proved of little consequence.
Tottenham have conceded two or more goals in nine of their last nine league games and their defensive record at this stage of the season is the club’s worst since 2007/08.
“Today we played a good game, we played with character and we put a lot of pressure on them,” Conte said.
“At the same time, I’m disappointed. For the first time in my career my team conceded four goals in one half.
“We have to keep working and trying to improve this group of players. When I tell you we have to close the gap, the process is just beginning.
“You have to work, keep working, improve technically, tactically and with the experience of our team.”
He added: “These games are important for us to understand the difference between us and other top clubs. We are very different in this moment but we are ready to work and fight.”