Why Antonio Conte would be a huge managerial blow for Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham are set to sign a new manager who could potentially transform the club’s face and fortunes with several reports confirming that Spurs are in advanced talks with much-requested Italian coach Antonio Conte.
Joining Tottenham would represent a return to the English Premier League for Conte, who coached Chelsea for two seasons, winning the Premier League and an FA Cup.
He recently left Inter Milan after leading them to their first Italian league title in 11 seasons. Conte is said to have left Inter ahead of the impending salary cuts and player transfers in light of the pandemic-induced financial woes hanging over the current ownership group.
Why Conte would be a big deal for Tottenham
Spurs hope to regain English Premier League title contender status and make regular appearances in the top four places, securing a place in the lucrative UEFA Champions League. They were among the top four in four consecutive seasons under former manager Mauricio Pochettino, advancing to the 2019 UEFA Champions League final.
But they have regressed in the last two campaigns under the guidance of world-famous coach Jose Mourinho, falling outside the top four. Recent struggles have led their captain and star striker Harry Kane to seek a move away from the only club he has ever represented.
Since Mourinho was sacked on April 19, Tottenham has been linked with several candidates, including Ajax coach Erik ten Hag, Graham Potter from Brighton, Belgium national team manager Roberto Martinez and a potential return from Pochettino. But Conte’s high profile and impressive resume would be seen as a step up from the names that have floated in the media so far.
Conte, 51, has led Juventus, Chelsea and Inter Milan to league titles with his winning formula based on building strong team chemistry and unity. Its teams are not known to play attractive football, but they are extremely efficient. And Conte is tactically flexible, molding winning lineups with the players he has at his disposal.
What kind of team would Conte inherit at Tottenham?
Spurs continue to field a competitive squad with world-class players, but it’s a team that has lacked an advantage in recent seasons. The fiery and passionate Conte would be supposed to provide it.
He could also have the help of a familiar ally in the Tottenham front office. Former Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici, who worked with Conte years ago at Juventus, is said to be in the running for the post with Spurs. Paratici recently left Juventus after 11 seasons with the Turin club.
The duo would inherit a roster consisting of England national team star Harry Kane, Korea international striker Heung-Min Son, Colombian center-back Davinson Sanchez and French national teams Moussa Sissoko, Tanguy Ndombele and Hugo Lloris. Even with those names, Tottenham struggled to hold onto the leads and close games, two hallmarks of Conte’s sides.
In fact, despite a strong start to the season – they’ve won seven of their opening 11 league games – the squad has faltered in the second half of the 2020-2021 season. Tottenham finished seventh in the Premier League, 24 points behind champions Manchester City. They were also eliminated in the knockout stages of the Europa League and the FA Cup, resulting in the sacking of Mourinho.
Can Conte become a Tottenham competitor again?
If there’s anyone who can help make Spurs a title contender and give the team an injection of personality, it’s Conte.
He could benefit from a large injection of cash to rework the roster in case Kane is transferred, although Conte could also convince him to adhere to his vision and stay at the club given that Kane has three more years on his. contract with Spurs. . Kane’s situation will be the first issue to resolve if Conte is finally hired.
With a brand new stadium that opened in 2019 and a large fan base hungry for trophies, Tottenham are a sleeping giant who has been on the verge of erupting in seasons past. With Conte and his winning record, Spurs supporters would be convinced that the first trophy since 2008 (Coupe de la Ligue) would not be too far away.