Antonio Conte admitted that frustration got the better of him during Chelsea’s 3-1 defeat to Tottenham.
Goals from Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen were enough to seal Spurs’ first win at Stamford Bridge in 28 years, leaving the champions eight points adrift of the top four.
The Blues had made an impressive start to the game, and took the lead on the half hour mark with Alvaro Morata heading in Victor Moses’ cross after Hugo Lloris misjudged the flight of the ball.
But a stunning strike from Eriksen levelled the scores just before half time, and Spurs slowly took control in the second half.
Alli put Tottenham into the lead after brilliantly controlling Eric Dier’s long ball and finishing past Willy Caballero, who started after Thibaut Courtois failed to recover from a hamstring injury.
3-1. Alli again. Chelsea gave Spurs about 5 chances to put it in. First win in 28 years here coming now. Conte's volleys water bottle into the bench in furstration
— Kieran Canning (@KieranCanning) April 1, 2018
The England midfielder then made it three after reacting quickest to a loose ball in the Chelsea box.
The goal led to Conte kicking a water bottle on the touchline, and the Italian admitted that the situation was hugely exasperating.
“It happened after the third goal, yes. For sure, there was great frustration to concede a stupid goal in this way,” he said in his post-match press conference.
“Instead of putting the ball in the stand. I did this with the bottle of water. Maybe I wanted to play in that moment and shoot the ball in the stand.
“But, I repeat, there are a lot of players with not great experience and they have to gain that experience also with mistakes. We must have patience.”