The Spurs have struggled against the league’s elite teams this season.
Antonio Conte has urged Tottenham fans to lower their expectations after his side’s 2-0 defeat against Manchester United on Wednesday.
The Red Devils dominated their guests with a solid attacking display, while the Spurs struggled to create enough chances.
From Tottenham’s point of view, the game was the continuation of a downtrend after their strong start to the campaign.
Many observers still consider Conte’s side among the favourites to win the Premier League title. But the Italian boss believes his time need more time to prepare for a title push.
“Sometimes I listen that we are title contenders and I think we need time,” he said.
“In only 10 or 11 months, you cannot go from ninth place to become the title contenders a year after, especially when you finish 20 points less than the monsters in England.”
The defeat against Man Utd was Tottenham’s second poor performance against a ‘top six’ team.
Conte admits his side need to improve in their “high-level” games.
“This was not the first time for us. Every time we play a high-level game we struggle,” he added.
“We struggled against Chelsea because we drew after 92 minutes but Chelsea dominated the game and with Arsenal we lost and today against United we lost.
“For sure when the level is high, we are going to struggle. This means we have to continue to work to try to improve, to work on the pitch and to work outside the pitch.”