Antonio Conte took aim at Arsenal by reminding them who will be playing in the Champions League this week.
The Tottenham boss cut a frustrated figure after watching his side fall to a 3-1 defeat to the Gunners in the north London derby.
Conte cut a frustrated figure on the sidelines for Tottenham
It was an afternoon to forget for Spurs who struggled to show their best in the north London derby
Thomas Partey gave Mikel Arteta’s side the lead, before Harry Kane leveled the game from the penalty spot before the break.
Gabriel Jesus and Granit Xhaka also got on the scoresheet for Arsenal, before a red card for Emerson Royal topped off what was a disastrous afternoon for Spurs at the Emirates Stadium.
While clearly disappointed with his side’s efforts, Conte couldn’t help but remind his rivals how the end of the last Premier League season played out, with Tottenham trumping the Gunners to a top four finish in the final week of the season.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Conte said: “We tried to do our best and we try to improve and to go game by game and see what happens at the end of the season.
“For sure, we have to try to improve but I repeat my opinion that Tottenham are just getting started to try and be competitive.
“We must continue to work and improve step by step with humility and not with assumption.
“There’s only one word for us and that is to work.
“We need to move on and to play a game in the Champions League.
“Don’t forget that last season we were behind Arsenal with two games to go, they were four points ahead of us and now we are playing Champions League and they are playing UEFA [Europa League] and so we need a big push to go forward in this competition.”