Antonio Conte: Tottenham head coach vows to bring consistency and play attractive football | Football news
Antonio Conte has pledged to bring consistency to Tottenham by playing “attractive” football and said it was an “honor” to be the club’s new head coach.
Conte has signed an 18-month contract – with an extension option – and replaces Nuno Espirito Santo following fruitful talks with Tottenham’s hierarchy in London on Monday.
The 52-year-old, who guided Chelsea to the 2016-17 Premier League title and the FA Cup the following season, took on his first managerial role since leaving Inter Milan and took charge of his first session Spurs practice Tuesday afternoon at Hotspur Lane.
In his first interview since his appointment, Conte said TV Spurs: “My coaching philosophy is very simple – to play quality football that is attractive to our fans. To have a stable team, not from top to bottom.
“I think the fans deserve to have a competitive team with a willingness to fight. I will do anything to earn their support. This type of situation pushes you and increases the desire to work and do something important for you. fans of this club.
“It’s a great opportunity, an honor to become the manager.”
Conte left Inter by mutual consent in May, just three weeks after leading the club to their first Serie A title in 11 years, adding to the three Italian league titles he won with Juventus between 2011 and 2014.
He had joined Inter after leaving Chelsea, where he became one of only four managers to win the Premier League in his first season in English football. Despite winning the FA Cup in his second season at Stamford Bridge, the former Italy boss was sacked after a fifth place in the league.
The Italian – initially targeted by Spurs president Daniel Levy this summer – has the second-highest winning rate of coaches who have led at least 50 Premier League games, with 51 wins in 76 appearances, behind Manchester boss City Pep Guardiola.
“The past is important and I’m proud. For me the new challenge is Tottenham. I want them to become an important part of my managerial career,” Conte added.
“The club and Daniel Levy wanted me very much. There was a call from Tottenham this summer, but I was very clear with Tottenham as I had just finished with Inter Milan after an important season, a difficult season and honestly it was not the right time to start another experiment.
“I prefer to wait, enjoy the time spent with my family and also because I think emotionally that I was still with the last experience at Inter.
“Tottenham are an important club in England and an important club in the world. The stadium and the training ground are wonderful.”
Nuno was dismissed from his post on Monday after less than five months at the club, with Saturday’s 3-0 loss to Manchester United being his last game in charge.
It was Spurs’ fifth Premier League loss in seven games and left them ninth in the top flight, 10 points behind league leaders Chelsea.
“Spurs fans pinch themselves”
Paul Gilmour from Sky Sports News:
“Tottenham fans are going to pinch themselves because just a few months ago that scenario seemed completely improbable – that they could attract this A-lister football manager, someone in the parenthesis of a Thomas Tuchel, from a Jurgen Klopp, from a Pep Guardiola.
“Some Tottenham fans may have been forgiven for wondering if that would ever happen, given that they are in the Europa Conference League and other issues to appoint a manager and how long it has taken this summer.
“But given those issues, they’ve been able to keep Harry Kane and move some older players around the squad. They’ve refreshed the squad, so there are some players out there that Conte feels able to work with. work and move in the right direction.
“It’s an exciting time for the club. There has been a buzz around it the last two days since this news broke on Sunday night and now it’s official.”
Analysis: Conte can reinvigorate Spurs
Peter Smith from Sky Sports:
Antonio Conte feels like the perfect remedy for the malaise Tottenham has slipped into.
Who better to revitalize this squad of Spurs, passive and lacking in penetration under Nuno, than the supercharged Italian?
He is the antithesis of his tight-lipped Portuguese predecessor and his track record suggests that from front to back Conte will transform the approach, application and production of this Tottenham side.
In the last two hours and 16 minutes of play under Nuno, the Spurs didn’t have a shot on target. They rank 19th in the Premier League for shots and only two teams have scored fewer goals. In contrast, in six of Conte’s last seven seasons as a coach, his teams have been in the top three scorers in their division.
Across the pitch, Saturday’s third 3-0 defeat of the season places Spurs fifth in the Premier League in goals conceded. Conte’s Inter Milan only scored 35 appearances in 38 appearances last year.
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Carra: Conte can bring Spurs back to Champions League
Sky Sports’ Jamie Carragher on Monday Night Football shortly before Conte’s appointment:
“I think it was a revelation the first time [at Chelsea]. He’s a brilliant character and I would love to see his personality return to the Premier League.
“But I think a manager will need more than 18 months to get Tottenham right, and although I am a big admirer of Conte and how quickly he has found success at Chelsea and in all the clubs he is in gone, I think it would be very difficult to replicate that success in 18 months at Spurs.
“I think he might need another 18 months to challenge Tottenham, or get back to where they were under Mauricio Pochettino, where they thought they had a chance of winning trophies or pushing for the title or the year of the Champions League in, year of Release. “
In the shorter term, however, Carragher believes that qualifying for the Champions League is achievable with the players Spurs already have.
“I think this team is capable of fighting for the positions of the Champions League,” he added. “They’re not a million miles away from that right now, and I think Spurs as a club should always aspire to be in that position.
“I think if Conte took the job you would think Spurs in the future can certainly make the Champions League because he can make a huge difference. He has shown that throughout his career.”
Tottenham matches: what’s next for Conte?
November 4: Tottenham vs Vitesse Arnhem – Europa Conference League, kick off at 8 p.m.
November 7: Everton vs Tottenham – Premier League, kick-off at 7 p.m.
21 November : Tottenham vs Leeds – Premier League, kick-off 4.30pm, live Air sports
November 25: NS Mura vs Tottenham – Europa Conference League, kick-off at 5.45 p.m.
November 28: Burnley vs Tottenham – Premier League, kick off 2pm
December 2: Tottenham vs Brentford – Premier League, kick-off 7:30 p.m.