Antonio Conte sends Tottenham stars Arsenal and Man Utd warning after Southampton slip-up

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Tottenham Hotspur boss Antonio Conte has warned his players that they have to ‘exploit’ more opportunities after slipping to a 1-1 draw against Southampton on Tuesday. Conte’s side lost more ground in their top-four hunt at St. Mary’s, despite the hosts playing over 45 minutes with 10 men.

James Ward-Prowse fired Southampton ahead on 25 minutes, scoring in his third successive game.

The Saints’ mood spiralled on the brink of half-time after Mohammed Salisu fouled Son Heung-min inside the box, receiving his second yellow card in the process.

And Harry Kane made no mistake in equalising from the penalty spot, continuing his recent goalscoring run.

But Spurs failed to capitalise on their numerical advantage in the second half and dropped two points in the race to the top four.

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Meanwhile, after their 4-1 win at Watford, West Ham United leapfrogged Spurs, who are five points behind fourth-placed Arsenal with two games in hand.

And with Manchester United boasting the quality to launch a top-four bid under Ralf Rangnick once they click, Conte has urged his players that they must take advantage of golden opportunities.

He told Amazon Prime: “Yes, we are disappointed because this type of situation you have to exploit.

“We have to exploit it much better than we did. We have to be disappointed. It was a big opportunity to win the game against a team very difficult to play against.

“They play in a strong way and are very physical. If you are not at the same intensity, you risk losing the game.

“My demands are high because I am used to being competitive and to win. For me there is a big disappointment when we don’t win. We need to work a lot because it won’t be easy to fight for something this season.”

Kane had a second goal ruled out for offside by VAR in a tight call, and Conte was blatantly frustrated with the decision.

“The decision of the referee goes to the VAR, and I don’t want to go into the situation because I think it is not right,” Conte explained.

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