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Tottenham boss Conte: We deserved victory over Southampton

Tottenham boss Antonio Conte was pleased after their 4-1 rout of Southampton.

James Ward-Prowse scored the opener for Saints, then Ryan Sessegnon and Eric Dier put home side ahead, Dejan Kulusevski added fourth after Mohammed Salisu's own goal.

Conte said, “It was a good performance for the final result because we got three points but especially because we deserved to win. We created many chances and I like the way we had the possession and the way he pressed very high and the way we tried to win the ball again when we lost possession. There were a lot of situations that we working with on the team.

"The message was very clear that we've signed new players to improve our squad because our squad was really poor last season and the Champions League spot was a big achievement. Our first goal was to improve the squad, not just players physically but also mentally. We wanted the right players for my philosophy and today I preferred to use players from last season because they are reliable than new players because we've only spent two weeks with some of those players because of injuries and Covid. We've used common sense to pick the players that have the right characteristics to improve our squad. We have to work to improve and we have an ambition to make ourselves better than yesterday.

“Being happy or not happy was not the problem. It was finding a solution to playing four competitions - to do this you need a squad of 20-22 players and honestly last season was really poor in the medical aspect. We have improved that aspect. The club always pays attention - they have shown common sense, not only to spend money, but to get players with certain characteristics to improve the squad."


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