Antonio Conte will start his first full season as Tottenham manager, and the Italian won’t settle with the finishes the North London club too often deliver without any title contention. Conte has a proven winning record, evidenced by Premier League titles won with Chelsea and Seria A Scudettos with Inter Milan and Juventus.
Tottenham is highly active in the transfer market, with the financial injection approved by the team’s chairperson Daniel Levy.
Building around Kane and Son
Harry Kane and Heung-min Son have been the foundation for Tottenham Hotspurs for years. The South Korean had a tremendous season last year. He was the club’s top scorer and co-top striker of the league with 23 goals and created the most big chances. Harry Kane didn’t score as many, but he led the team in assists, and in particular, assists outside of the box. Once Conte arrived in November, Kane started to play better and finished the season with 16 goals to his name.
There are still rumours Harry Kane might leave Spurs, but both Conte and the club want to keep the English national team veteran.
The first new player acquired by Antonio Conte is Croatian winger Ivan Perisic. Conte had issues with Perisic when he arrived at Inter but later relied heavily on the speedy and powerful Croatian National team starter.
The biggest name brought in the offseason is Brazilian forward Richarlison. Tottenham paid 60 million pounds to Everton for a player that had ten goals and five assists in the previous season. In addition, Tottenham signed midfielder Yves Bissouma on a four-year contract and brought in goalkeeper Fraser Foster. Tottenham will also get left-back Clement Lenglet, who was on loan in Barcelona.
Spurs also let go of four players in Cameron Carter-Vickers, Steven Bergwijn, Jack Clark and Tobi Omole.
High TV rating
Tottenham plays efficient winning football under coach Antonio Conte, but can they challenge Manchester City and Liverpool? If you ask Jurgen Klopp, Tottenham is a dark horse for the new Premiership season. They will get many prime TV games on the schedule, and you can click here if you want tickets for live matches.
Antonio Conte is high maintenance and highly demanding, but his drive brought success in previous managerial stints. With an active transfer window and investments, Tottenham competes with the big spenders and has an extremely competitive team. On top of the Son-Kane output of 37 goals, Conte added Richarlison and Perisic to create a powerful attack.
Conte doesn’t thrive with possession football and has perfect players for quick transition in Son and Perisic. On the other hand, Tottenham has a competent manager with a proven record and a great core that took the Champions League spot, and they build on it with high-profile acquisitions.
As shown in the example with Ivan Perisic, who was the first outcast and then had a pivotal role in the Conte Inter Milan Serie A trophy, the Spurs manager asks a lot from the players. Submitting to the team’s needs is essential for his coaching style. If Tottenham’s star-studded roster buys into Conte’s philosophy and approach, they might be serious title contenders. Unfortunately, the last time Tottenham raised the trophy was in 1961, which is way too long for the team always in the upper part of the table.
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