Spurs are playing defense like a "relegation team," according to Antonio Conte, who also claims that his team has "forgotten how to suffer" after suffering a second straight loss.
On Thursday night, Tottenham led Manchester City by two goals at the half before falling behind 4-2 in the final minutes.
This Premier League loss came four days after a 2-0 home loss to Arsenal, a rival team from north London.
Conte stated that "we must strengthen the spirit, the cooperation, the will, the desire, and the sense of suffering.".
"Perhaps we've forgotten what it's like to suffer and how important it is to know that in order to win the game, you might have to stay and endure pain, just like last year. ".
After playing an extra game, Tottenham, who will face Fulham on Monday, is currently ranked fifth in the Premier League, five points outside the top four.
Compared to the entire 2021–22 season, they have already given up 31 league goals this year.
Conte continued, "This is typically a team that fights in the relegation zone, to concede 21 goals in the last 10 games.
"We've given up at least two goals in every game this season, compared to how many clean sheets we managed to keep with [goalkeeper] Hugo Lloris last season," said the player.
"This is our medium, our average performance, comparable to a team fighting for its playoff life. ".
Conte does acknowledge that there is room for improvement, though, and that the team is still "making progress in some aspects.".
According to Conte, "In other aspects, I think we have to come back like last season and to be a bit more solid, a bit more focused, and a bit more nasty.".
"We made a lot of progress this season, as evidenced by the number of goals we've scored, the opportunities we've created, and how well our press is organized compared to last.