PARIS: Antonio Conte opened the curtain of his career as Tottenham Hotspur manager with a 3-2 win over Vitesse Arnhem in London in the Europa Conference League.
After seeing his new team lead by three goals, then be chased by opponents and lose one player and Vitesse lose two players, Conte said: “It was a crazy match.
“Usually I don’t like matches like this – crazy matches mean anything can happen. But at the same time, I think we deserve to win and we win.
“We took a 3-0 lead and then were booed twice which should have been avoided. After the red card we had a hard time. Winning in this situation is good for the team, these players.”
Spurs did not make any accurate attempts when they lost to Manchester United last weekend, which resulted in Nuno Espirito Santo being sacked after just four months in charge of the club.
Facing Vitesse, they made two accurate attempts in the first 90 seconds, and the new Italian operator only had to wait 14 minutes to see his side’s first goal through Son Heung-min.
Then Lucas Moura completed a Harry Kane cross to beat Vitesse goalkeeper Markus Schubert and Spurs’ third goal came after Kane’s effort dragged Jacob Rasmussen into his own net.
Rasmussen made up for his mistake by heading in Vitesse’s first goal four minutes later, followed by Matus Bero’s goal.
The win lifted Spurs to second in Group G, three points behind leaders Rennes.