Agbonlahor lambasts Antonio Conte as new verdict issued on Tottenham woes
Gabby Agbonlahor has claimed Tottenham boss Antonio Conte’s “cautious” tactics are behind the susceptibility to concede the opening goal in recent months.
The former Aston Villa striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, accused Spurs stars of poor communication when it comes to marking opposition dangermen like Mohamed Salah and Darwin Nunez.
Tottenham slipped to fourth in the Premier League after conceding the first goal yet again and going on to lose 2-1 against Liverpool on Sunday (6 November).
A near full-strength Spurs side also bowed out of the League Cup after a 2-0 defeat away at Nottingham Forest on Wednesday (9 November).
Conte’s side have conceded the first goal in each of their last four Premier League games – picking up just three points in that period.
Agbonlahor claimed the Tottenham players “don’t know who they’re supposed to be picking up” when the opposition go on the offensive.
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When asked what was behind Spurs’ curious first-half displays, he told Football Insider’s Connor Whitley: “I think it’s the manager who relays this to the players.
“He’ll be telling them to be cautious and put men behind the ball.
“But against Marseille and against Liverpool, they had men behind the ball but just didn’t pick up the players.
“Nunez got free for Salah’s goal against Liverpool.
“His tactics try to make it hard for teams to play through Spurs, but they’re still doing it.
“Players aren’t talking, they don’t know who they’re supposed to be picking up – and it’s not working.
“When you play better teams, you can’t keep going behind because it just gives you too much work to do.
“You can’t give a team like Liverpool two goals and expect to come back.”