Antonio Conte was pleased with Spurs’ performance and warned the new boys to face a fight for places

Antonio Conte was pleased with Tottenham’s style during their 4-1 win over Southampton on the opening day and warned their new signings that they would have to fight for a place in their starting line-up.

A busy summer for the Spurs, where they brought in six players, fueled the optimism and excitement around the N17 before kick-off, but a 12th-minute opener for the visitors to James Ward-Prause threatened to spoil the mood. Gave.

Instead it kicked the hosts into gear with Dijan Kulusewski in tremendous form and it was his cross that allowed Ryan Sessegon to lead the draw. Eric Dier made it 2-1 before half-time and Kulusevski wrapped up the scoring with a fine fourth score two minutes after Mohamed Salisu’s own goal.

Spurs boss Conte said: “The response was really good because we remained calm, we tried what we tried this week before playing Southampton to believe in what we know to continue playing the way we know.

“We won three important points but the most important thing was the way we got three points, with really good football, with the ball, without the ball, with significant pressure, the way we got the ball after we lost. Another important aspect was that he decided to win.

“We have been working to apply the football knowledge we have had over the past season. Certainly today we have seen that this team has seven months’ work to do.”

Sessegon finished the 2021–22 campaign emphatic, but competed for his place as Ivan Perisic and still faced the challenge with a fine effort in the 21st minute, a big penny from Fulham Three. It was his second goal for Spurs since Kadam. summer ago.

Injuries have left the England Under-21 international frustrated in recent seasons, but Conte believes he is ready to kick and was pleased with his goal that he could not do anything during a similar situation. The gamble had failed minutes earlier.

“Maybe there was a cross five minutes ago and he was behind his opponent. On the bench we were really upset with him,” joked the Italian.

“After three minutes he scored and we were overjoyed and celebrated a lot because five minutes ago he was not in the same spot to score.

“Today he scored another goal, he was always in our offensive position and it was good. I am happy for him because he has a lot of potential but he has to show that ability.

“We are giving him stability in the physical aspect. I think it’s very important that we sign a player like Evan because he can see a way to learn something about Evan.

Perisic was one of five newcomers who had to settle for a spot on the bench and while the Croatian was given his debut as a substitute along with Clement Lenglet and Yves Bisouma, Conte warned summer recruits That they have a job to remove the old guard. ,

He continued: “I think I use common sense because at this moment we are starting a new season and the old players make great achievements last season to get a place in the Champions League.

“In the last 10 games I think we played really well and we had great results. My message was very clear that I have a lot of faith in the old players and at this point in time they are more reliable than the new players because they have to work with us. and continue to apply football knowledge.

“With the older players, I am one step ahead. That’s why I like to rely on the older players in the beginning but I think it was right after this game and the end result.

“At the same time I’m really happy because we have new signings going into our process and of course they will help us improve, but they have to know they have to fight.”

Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttle was left to reflect on a disappointing afternoon in the capital despite a strong start.

“It felt like the opponent moved into next gear and we couldn’t follow him,” he said.

“It was disappointing to see how big a difference there is between the two teams. After the first goal we thought they were all in the game and they hit us with their crosses and we couldn’t defend.