Antonio Conte concedes overthrowing Tottenham fortunes is ‘biggest challenge’ of his career


Antonio Conte admits that overturning Tottenham’s fortunes is the ‘biggest challenge’ of his career as he says the club have ‘slipped’ … but he insists that diving into the January transfer market is not the way to go. solution

  • Antonio Conte had a rough start to life as Tottenham Hotspur boss
  • Ex-Chelsea manager admitted London club need to ‘start over’
  • The Italian lost Argentina defender Cristian Romero to injury until February











Antonio Conte admits the task of reviving this declining Tottenham side is the biggest challenge of his coaching career.

After a month in charge, Conte has revealed he wants to withdraw Spurs and “start over” with new foundations, plans unaided by the injury to Cristian Romero, who could rule the defender out until February.

“It’s my biggest challenge but I’m not afraid,” said the 52-year-old Italian, ahead of tonight’s game against Brentford, the first of 10 games in a month.

Antonio Conte admitted overturning Tottenham’s fortunes was his biggest challenge

“The club slipped. When I was at Chelsea Tottenham were very competitive and a really strong team. Losing important players, or because some got old and then changing generations, I think Tottenham is paying for it now.

“You have to create, start over. We have to create a solid base and build to come back and fight for something big like in the past. We have to be honest. But that doesn’t mean we don’t want to think well. We have to think big. But, right now, we have to know that we are here.

Conte declined to present the January transfer window as a possible solution to his problems.

‘I’m not a manager who comes in and says, “I want this and this and that” or “I want top, top, top”. I haven’t spent a lot of money with Inter, with Chelsea, with Juventus. I am a person who believes in my work.

‘I know that to improve and be competitive we also need quality but we need a little time, [and] also have a vision. The only thing I can assure at a club is my knowledge, my experience, my mentality and my honesty.

Conte's team suffered overwhelming results, including a loss to Mura in Europe

Conte’s team suffered overwhelming results, including a loss to Mura in Europe

“We need time and vision, but doing like this is impossible,” Conte added, snapping his fingers for effect. “But I think I’m the right person for this project. “

Tottenham have resigned themselves to weeks without Romero who suffered hamstring damage while on international duty with Argentina last month.

“The news is not positive, not good,” Conte said. “The injury is serious. It will take time to see him again. It will be next year. January, February, I don’t know but, for sure, in 2021, he finished playing. It’s a shame because he’s an important player.

Meanwhile, former Manchester City star Yaya Touré, 38, spends time at the Tottenham training ground, working with academy players as he studies for his coaching license from UEFA A.

Former Manchester City star Yaya Touré, 38, spends time at Tottenham training ground

Former Manchester City star Yaya Touré, 38, spends time at Tottenham training ground

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