Antonio Conte is a proven manager and with the 6th signing of the summer completed already, you could tell; he is cooking something up at the North London club.
Antonio Conte just is, a serial winner!
He did it with Juventus to reestablish prestige following a scandal and relegation.
He accomplished this in his first season as manager of Chelsea, who finished 10th and 31 points behind the leaders the previous season.
He most recently achieved it in his second season with Inter Milan, ending Juventus’ nine-year reign.
Conte entered into the picture for Tottenham halfway through the last season. After sacking Nuno who had a dismissive spell at the club, Conte was brought in.
Coming at a difficult time and position, the Italian manager pulled off a top 4 finish for the club, and that too ahead of Arsenal.
Tottenham faced Arsenal at the Emirates in the third last game of the season and were put in a must-win situation if they wanted to keep alive any hopes of playing in the Champions League this season.
Tottenham pulled it off, Arsenal would then go on to drop points against Newcastle and finish below Spurs.
Securing a Champions League spot was a step in the right for Spurs and Conte, and with 6 signings made already in what is a proper rebuild, the manager has warned other Premier League clubs to be wary of Tottenham!
“Juventus had for many, many years, created a gap with Inter of more than 20 points,” said Conte. “In the first season, we reduced the gap. In the second season, we won but, in Italy, there was only one team to fight.
“Here there are many teams. Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea. Chelsea last year won the Champions League and this year won the Club World Cup. Don’t forget Manchester United, they are strong, and Arsenal, also, going into the transfer market and spending money.
“It will be a tough season and an exciting season but we have to try to push ourselves and try to improve. To improve in all the situations that can bring us to be competitive shortly.”
There has been a positive buzz around the camp in the first two weeks of pre-season and a quiet confidence about what might lie ahead, but Conte will start his first full campaign as Spurs boss with only modest ambition.
“My target is to try to be competitive,” he said.
“My target is that when the other teams are going to play against Tottenham, they will be not scared but a bit worried. This is our target.”
“I think we have a young team. We have many players that can play for Tottenham for three or four years together. We are trying to create a solid foundation, then to go step-by-step to improve and then, in the end, to fight for something important.”