Antonio Conte believes Tottenham “needs that kind of performance” because they won, beating Crystal Palace 4-0 for the first time in three games.
The Spurs headed into Wednesday’s game, where they drew 2-2 with Brentford and lost 2-0 to Aston Villa, and questions have surfaced about Conte’s future after he appeared to question the club’s direction.
But a Harry Kane duo and goals from Matt Doherty and Son Heung-min gave the Spurs a decisive victory at Selhurst Park, putting them two points in the top four of the Premier League.
Conte, who ended his streak without a win after the game and collected three valuable points, was relieved and told reporters: “There are moments when you need that kind of performance.
“It was important. Three points, [we] don’t concede It wasn’t easy. Playing away against Crystal Palace is not easy. They beat us 3-0 last season. [at Selhurst Park]. [It is] It’s a really tough field to play.
“I have a lot to be happy about, especially for young players. We are facing a difficult situation, especially with injured players. I am happy to see that you can trust them. It is also important because we can create competition.”
Kane’s support led him to 264 goals for the Spurs within two minutes of a draw with Jimmy Greaves as the club’s all-time record goalscorer.
Noting that the forward’s leadership is one of his best qualities, Conte said, “We are talking about a truly world-class forward and he will break that record with goals.
“He’s an important point of reference for us. Especially when you know that Harry is ready to fight there and solve the situation with goals and assists.”
“We have to keep it that way and face every situation, positive and negative, with a great character.
“Hopefully we can get the whole squad ready soon and that will be very important to face Arsenal and Manchester City with all our players and then we can see our true level.”
Bryan Gil impressed Palace in their third Premier League game this season, which came under fire for his below-average performance against Villa.
Conte is hopeful of the 21-year-old.
“This league is tough. You have to be good, fast and durable. You have that and you need to be physically strong. Gil has improved in that way since last season.”