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Antonio Conte praises Tottenham for handling the pressure in their win at Nottingham Forest

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‘If you’re mentally strong, you’re a survivor in this situation’: Antonio Conte praises Tottenham for handling the pressure in their 2-0 win at Nottingham Forest – despite his side ‘suffering’ on the day

  • Spurs boss Antonio Conte praised his side after their victory in Nottingham Forest
  • Manager applauded his side’s mentality after the City Ground win
  • Tottenham has been criticized in previous seasons for a lack of fighting spirit
  • Conte claimed his side ‘suffered’ against the newly promoted side on Sunday

Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte has praised his side’s mentality following their ‘really tough’ win against Nottingham Forest.

Spurs took a hard-fought 2-0 win over the newly promoted side, with the visitors holding onto a lead for most of the game.

Tottenham have been criticized in the past for their lack of character, but Conte suggested those so-called claims were a thing of the past.

Tottenham boss Antonio Conte praised his side after their 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest

The Spurs manager praised his side's mentality in the hard-fought win at the City Ground

The Spurs manager praised his side’s mentality in the hard-fought win at the City Ground

After the game, Conte said: ‘The game was tough, it was really tough. It was my first time playing in this stadium, it’s not easy for the players, a lot of noise around the pitch.

‘I think we suffered. I think we’ve worked hard to exploit the space and cause trouble for Forest.

“It’s not easy to come here and get three points. I think this group of players is getting better and learning to suffer together. We have to improve, to play the ball together, we work. In the end I am satisfied.’

Tottenham are unbeaten in their first four Premier League games of the season, while their win on Sunday moved them to third in the top spot.

Harry Kane scored a brace as Conte’s team climbed to third place in the Premier League

Conte added: “To get here and get three points, we didn’t have many chances, we missed a penalty. It’s good form for our team. In the past, people said Tottenham would lose games like this.

‘Certainly, we are working on this aspect’ [mentality]. The mental aspect is very important, if you are mentally strong you will be a survivor in this situation. If you are not, you will suffer.’

Conte’s side travel to London rivals West Ham in their next top flight match on Wednesday night.

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