Tottenham have lost as many games as Burnley and have worse defence as Conte says they could be RELEGATED

TOTTENHAM have now lost as many games as relegation-threatened Burnley this season, while conceding more goals.

Ben Mee's 71st minute header sealed a 1-0 triumph for Sean Dyche's men at Turf Moor last night, consigning Spurs to a fourth defeat in five in the Premier League.

The result saw the North Londoners stay seven points behind fourth-placed Manchester United, while losing a critical game in hand in the process.

Antonio Conte was brought in to replace Nuno Espirito Santo in November in a bid to turn Spurs' fortunes around.

But the Italian is currently feeling the heat, even claiming that his side are playing like a team in a relegation scrap, rather than top four battle.

He said: "I came in to try to improve the situation in Tottenham but maybe in this moment, I don’t know, I’m not so good to improve the situation.

"For me, it’s very frustrating because I know we’re working hard, working a lot and trying to get the best out of every single player. The reality is this.

"I’m too honest to close my eyes and say: 'okay on Saturday we’re going to play another game'. It's right at the moment to see well, what is the situation well and to make an assessment.

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"Also I repeat: I’m really frustrated and I’m not used to being faced with this type of situation.

"But the problem, I repeat: I’m trying to do everything to change the situation but the situation is not changing.

"Someone has to speak about the race for the fourth place, and the reality from the last five games is we have to pay attention to not fight for the relegation zone.

"This is the truth. this is the reality, and when this type of situation happens, maybe there is something wrong.

"I don't want to close my eyes, I want to take my responsibility, if I have the responsibility. I am open, I am open for every decision because I want to help Tottenham."

Conte, 52, is the third-highest earning manager in the Premier League – raking in £15million-a-year – only behind Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp.

His side currently sit eighth, having won 12, drawn three and lost nine of their 24 games.

They also have a negative goal different, having scored 31 while conceding 32.

Burnley, on the other hand, remain in the relegation zone – although like Spurs have lost nine games.

The Clarets actually have a better defensive record than the side they conquered last night – only having conceded 29 times themselves.

Where they fall down is scoring goals, having only bagged 21 in 23 matches.

Last night's win means that Dyche and Co are now just two points behind 17th placed Newcastle in the table, with a game in hand.

Next up is a trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday, while Spurs travel to Leeds United.

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