An exciting behind-the-scenes claim has emerged about Tottenham Hotspur’s appointment of Antonio Conte this week…
Speaking ahead of their likely return to action this week, heading to Leicester City in the Premier League on Thursday evening, The Athletic’s Jack Pitt-Brooke discussed the club’s likely target under the Italian.
“It’s definitely true to say that the priorities and focus of the club has switched a bit in the last month or so since they got Conte. Back when Nuno was in charge, the targets for the season, I think, were ‘well, of course, we’d like to get into the Champions League, but that’s gonna be difficult, maybe we’ll have to pursue the cups or success in the [Europa] Conference League or whatever else, maybe we can get fifth or sixth, if we’re lucky,” he told the latest edition of The View From The Lane podcast.
“One of the motivations for appointing Conte in the first place was realising that while [Manchester] City and Liverpool, and maybe to a slightly lesser extent, Chelsea are going to run away, it’s kind of a big gap after that. And fourth is for anyone to fight for. And I think there’s a feeling at the club that they can get fourth.”
So, Spurs are effectively targeting a place back inside the top four and that is a real possibility, given they occupy the seventh spot and are just three points behind rivals West Ham, who are in fourth place. And they have two games in hand.
The north London outfit has faltered in recent times, having been known as a side punching above their weight regularly. After all, Mauricio Pochettino secured three straight top-three finishes and made a Champions League final. And during that time, he went 18 months without signing a single player.
In the last two seasons, they have finished sixth and seventh, appearing to be on a downward spiral but evidently, the appointment of a former Premier League and FA Cup winner has sparked some sort of ambition behind-the-scenes at Hotspur Way.
Fresh off the back of landing Inter Milan their first Scudetto in over a decade, Conte could get Spurs back to their former glories and it certainly seems as if the likes of chairman Daniel Levy and sporting director Fabio Paratici have that in mind.
As such, they must back him during the upcoming January transfer window, where the 52-year-old head coach will need reinforcements to stand a chance at beating the likes of West Ham, arch-rivals Arsenal, Manchester United and Leicester City to that illustrious fourth spot.
Lilywhites fans around the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium should be hugely encouraged by this latest claim from The Athletic. There aren’t many as reliable when it comes to Spurs and it’s an exciting thing to hear as the club looks to get back on top in the coming months.