Antonio Conte says Tottenham are finishing the season with eight “finals” after they boosted their Champions League hopes with a 5-1 win over Newcastle.
Spurs trailed to Fabian Schar’s 39th-minute free-kick but hit back immediately through Ben Davies and produced a devastating attacking display after half-time.
Conte praised the reaction of his players to going behind, admitting their might have “lost their minds” in the past.
“This league is very difficult to try to be in the race for the Champions League. We want to stay there until the end. We have to try to continue to play this way with intensity, accuracy. My team is improving in many aspects.” He said.
“I’m very happy. I was happy before the international break. I said it was a pity we had to stop. I asked my players today to start in the same way we left. It was a good performance. Newcastle are a good team. They’ve changed totally now. Tactically they are very good. It wasn’t easy, we made the game easy.”
“The first half we tried to be in control of the game. It was hard to find space. It was good to go 1-0 down because I’ve seen the right reaction of the players.
“In the past maybe when in difficulty you could lose your mind. Instead the team were very focused and a lot of positive things I’ve seen today.
“We know we have eight final games. Arsenal has a good advantage. We have to try to stay in the race and give our best, to make our fans happy. Our fans enjoy watching the team playing this way, scoring so many goals. At the end of the season not to regret. If we give everything, then we’ll see what we can reach.”
Spurs leapfrogged rivals Arsenal into fourth place on goal difference and piled the pressure on the Gunners, who play the first of their two games in hand at Crystal Palace on Monday.