Every time it looks as though Spurs have turned a corner under Antonio Conte, they quickly hit yet another stumbling block.
They ended a run of three straight league defeats by beating Manchester City, only to then lose to Burnley. When the next game was a win over Leeds, they would fall short against Middlesborough in the FA Cup.
Their manager has cut an increasingly frustrated figure in recent weeks. The Italian was previously known for bringing about immediate improvements at whatever club he takes over, although this usually achieved after being appointed in the off-season.
Antonio Conte sums up the challenge of managing Spurs
Spurs are a club who have been notoriously inconsistent over the last couple of decades, with the exception of a few season under Mauricio Pochettino. Speaking this afternoon, Antonio Conte said this a trend that no manager would be immediately able to reverse.
🗣 "Tottenham's story is this, many ups and downs."
Antonio Conte outlines that a lot of changes have to happen in order to get Tottenham where he wants them to be pic.twitter.com/6gFMzzdwcn
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I was disappointed and frustrated with the result. This up and down I don't like.
I always said this from the first day I arrived, this is Tottenham's story. Tottenham's story is this, there are many ups and downs.
To be competitive, to try and win something, to try and fight for something important, to become a strong team, the first thing has to happen is to be stable. You need to avoid these ups and downs.
To do this and change this type of situation that has been happening for many, many years at Tottenham, it's not simple.
In a short time, it's impossible to do this. That's not only for me, but for every coach or manager, to come here and change the situation in one second.
This story of this club for the last 20 years.
Spurs will face into a decisive period in their season in the coming weeks, with games against Everton, Manchester United, Brighton, and West Ham to come before the end of the month.
With the team currently still very much in the midst of the top four race, a positive run in those fixtures could well be put them in a strong position as we enter the closing period of the campaign. To achieve that, Antonio Conte is somehow going to have to muster some sort of consistency out of this group.