Two things Conte got right and two he got wrong as Tottenham edge past Leeds
Antonio Conte’s first Premier League home game in charge of Tottenham ended in victory as his side came from behind to beat Leeds 2-1 on Sunday.
Spurs struggled in the first half, but they came out in the second with grit and determination to win the game.
Daniel James opened the scoring for Marcelo Bielsa's side, before Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg equalised midway through the second half.
Sergio Reguilon then won the game for Spurs when he netted from close range from an Eric Dier free-kick.
The result means Spurs are up to seventh – four points off the Champions League places – while Leeds remain dangerously lurking near the relegation zone.
Here, Daily Star Sport takes a look at two things Conte got right and two he got wrong against Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds.
Putting Hojbjerg straight back in
In a game where Spurs found themselves frustrated for large periods of the game, Conte’s decision to put Hojbjerg straight back into the team proved to be the correct one.
Injury kept Hojbjerg out of action for Denmark in the international break, but the Dane was fit and ready on Sunday.
Hojbjerg commanded the Spurs midfield and even managed to get himself on the scoresheet when his effort from outside the box brought his side level.
Showing faith in Reguilon
Despite being dropped by Nuno Espirito Santo, Conte has chosen to re-introduce Reguilon into the starting XI.
The wing-back struggled to cope with Leeds' attacking threat in the first-half, but he looked a totally different player in the second-half.
Reguilon grew into the game and gradually became more involved in attacking positions as Conte's side got a hold of the match.
And it was his effort in the 70th minute that gave Spurs all three points.
Winks over Ndombele
The suspension of Oliver Skipp meant Conte was faced with an important decision coming into the contest.
Conte had to choose whether to start one of Harry Winks or Tanguy Ndombele, and the Italian coach opted for the former.
But Winks failed to capitalise on his opportunity to impress and is unlikely to retain his place for the trip to Burnley next Sunday.
While record-signing Ndombele has struggled to retain a starting berth in north London, many would like to see the Frenchman given more of an opportunity under Conte.
Decision to start Emerson
The Brazilian has far from settled at Tottenham after his £25m move from Barcelona in the summer.
Emerson Royal has started in all three games under Conte in the right wing-back position, but the 22-year-old was at fault for Leeds’ goal.
The wing-back offered very little going forward, while he continued to look vulnerable defensively.
Emerson will have to improve if he is to remain a starting figure in Conte's side in the months to come.
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