Dejan Kulusevski slams Tottenham’s slow starts after they fell behind again in draw with Brentford

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‘It’s NOT OK’: Dejan Kulusevski insists Tottenham MUST ‘start playing from the first minute’ if they want to ‘be a big team’ after they fell behind once again in their draw with Brentford

  • Dejan Kulusevski admits he is at a loss to explain Spurs’ habit of conceding first 
  • Conte’s men have worryingly conceded the first goal in their last nine games
  • On Boxing Day, they battled from 2-0 down to gain a point against Brentford
  • Kulusevski insists Spurs must stamp out this habit if they are to ‘be a big team’ 

Dejan Kulusevski admits he is at a loss to explain Tottenham’s costly habit of starting slowly and conceding first, but promised the team will work hard to find a solution.

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Spurs have conceded the first goal in their last nine games. On Boxing Day, they went 2-0 down at Brentford before fighting back for a point, but were dissatisfied.

‘We have to improve,’ said Swedish winger Kulusevski. ‘It’s not OK to start games like this. If we want to be a big team, then we have to start playing from the first minute. It’s not enough with words. We have to do it on the pitch.

Dejan Kulusevski admits he is at a loss to explain Tottenham’s habit of conceding first

‘If I knew how to change it, I would tell everybody but I don’t know. We have to figure it out as a team, everybody together.

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‘We didn’t expect this and we worked so hard to not play like this and when you work hard you want to see the results, and we didn’t do that but there’s another game soon and we’ll be prepared. 

‘The first game is always the difficult one after such a break.’

Antonio Conte praised his team’s character and desire after they fought back to draw 2-2 at Brentford but warned them they cannot expect to achieve their ambitions if they continue in this way.

Antonio Conte's men have worryingly conceded the first goal in their last nine games

Antonio Conte’s men have worryingly conceded the first goal in their last nine games

Conte warned them they cannot expect to achieve their ambitions if they continue in this way

Conte warned them they cannot expect to achieve their ambitions if they continue in this way

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‘The first half was very bad,’ said Kulusevski. ‘We didn’t feel ready. We lost every second ball and didn’t do nothing with the ball so we’re very, very disappointed by the game. It’s not OK.

‘As soon as get the first goal, you feel like you’re going to win and we went very close. I thought we were going to win. I was just watching the clock all the time. I knew we had a lot of time to score but after two we did not. But the big problem is not the second half it’s the first half.’

Tottenham’s next game is at home against Aston Villa on New Year’s Day.

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