CONTE DILEMMA

Toothless Spurs must be clinical, insists Conte after drab Frankfurt draw

The visitors, looking to respond after losing to Premier League rivals Arsenal at the weekend, put in a largely encouraging display but were let down by poor finishing.

In Summary

• In football you have to score. I think for the big effort for the whole team maybe we deserved much more. The most important thing for me is to create chances-Conte.

• Tottenham are second in Group D with four points after three games, two points behind leaders Sporting Lisbon, who lost 4-1 at Marseille earlier on Tuesday.

Tottenham manager Antonio Conte reacts during a past match
Tottenham manager Antonio Conte reacts during a past match
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Antonio Conte was pleased to see his side creating chances against Eintracht Frankfurt but accepts they need to become more clinical after they were held to a goalless draw in the Champions League Group D game.

The visitors, looking to respond after losing to Premier League rivals Arsenal at the weekend, put in a largely encouraging display but were let down by poor finishing.

Harry Kane was agonisingly close to turning in a Son Heung-min cross before swiping a shot wide in the first half, while Ivan Perisic saw a deflected strike go just wide of the far post before the break.

But the hosts also had chances, with Hugo Lloris needing to produce a smart save to deny Ansgar Knauff’s volley from close range and Jesper Lindstrom drove over from a good position.

“It was a good match. We played with great intensity,” said Conte. “I think we need to be more clinical. We created many, many chances to score. It’s not easy to play away with this atmosphere, I think my players coped with that well.

“In football you have to score. I think for the big effort for the whole team maybe we deserved much more. The most important thing for me is to create chances.”

The draw means Tottenham are second in Group D with four points after three games, two points behind leaders Sporting Lisbon, who lost 4-1 at Marseille earlier on Tuesday.

Eintracht Frankfurt, meanwhile are level on points with Spurs but in third place on goal difference. After losing their last Champions League game 2-0 to Sporting and 3-1 to Arsenal in the north London derby at the weekend, Spurs fans will have wanted a response from their side in Germany.

Conte gave the same XI players who started against the Gunners the chance to make amends but, initially, it was the spirited hosts who started strongly. They had their opponents pegged back in their own half at times but as the game wore on Tottenham took control, showing more urgency along with improved passing.

Kane and Son’s link up was also encouraging with the latter providing his team-mate with two good opportunities in the first half, but Kane was unable to make the most of either of them. Spurs struggled to build on that in the second half, but with back-to-back home games coming up in the Champions League this should be seen as a good point as they look to progress from the group stage.

“The game was good for us and we played with a great personality here,” Conte told BT Sport.

“We will see in one week [what happens] when we have another game against them.”