Antonio Conte Finally Molding Tottenham to Battle the Elite.

Antonio Conte Finally Molding Tottenham to Battle the Elite.

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24 Jun 2022
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Antonio Conte has helped turn Tottenham’s fortunes around since his arrival as his new signings reflect the way he traditionally likes to set up his teams.

At Juventus, Chelsea, and Inter Milan, where he molded a distinct style in his likeness and had great success, Antonio Conte has worked his magic at Tottenham.

When he entered the club, it was thought to be his most difficult challenge yet, and some people thought he would leave at the end of the year.

But the Italian, who is among the top managers in the world and a proven winner, has left his mark on Tottenham and contributed to the turnaround of their fortunes, just like he did at his previous teams.

Their effort to qualify for the Champions League was aided by January acquisitions Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur, the inspired play of Son Heung-min, and—possibly most importantly—getting star striker Harry Kane to once again believe in the Tottenham vision.

Conte, a supporter of the 3-4-3 formation, is gradually building a team that matches his preferred style of play with the additions of Yves Bissouma and Ivan Perisic as well as the potential purchase of a wing-back like Djed Spence.

Even though his approach is very different from those of coaches like Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola, it has often been shown to be effective.

In just one season at Chelsea, he transformed a club that had finished tenth in the league into champions.

He had previously won the championship at Juventus in each of his first three seasons there. He established a record for the most points in Serie A in the previous season with 102 in all.

Conte lay the groundwork for his 2019 comeback to Italian football during his first season at Inter. Next, his Inter team made its move in November, held second place until February, and then seized control of the top spot, breaking Juve’s nine-year reign over Italy’s top division and giving the Nerazzurri their first Serie A title in eleven years.

Tottenham forced Conte to scale back his goals, but given the date of his arrival and the upgrades they needed to make, getting them back into Europe’s top competition was still a huge accomplishment.

Tottenham is moving in the right direction, and it may be hard to stop a Conte team from pressing ahead once they get going.

His fury at the beginning of the January transfer window, which was emphasized by their inability to sign Luis Diaz, who was quickly acquired by Liverpool while Tottenham took time to straighten things out, raised concerns that he may leave the team.

But the acquisitions of Kulusevski and Bentancur were successful, with the Swedish winger teaming up with Son and Kane to form a lethal front three.

Although the word “Spursy” has come to be associated with the squad, they appeared to be a team with a fresh outlook and a steely determination as they competed for the top-four slots.

Their 3-2 triumph over Leicester, in which Steven Bergwijn scored twice in stoppage time after coming on as a substitute, served as a signpost for what was to follow. While their brutal 3-0 victory against Arsenal in a game with significant stakes at the conclusion of the season demonstrated that Conte had done away with their previous season’s flakiness.

They now anticipate competing in the Champions League again the following year and consider ways to narrow the distance between themselves and Manchester City and Liverpool.

They have already been quite active this summer, bringing in three new players, with the acquisition of Bissouma from Brighton for £25 million being the most notable deal.

The 25-year-old is at ease with the ball, brings a sense of serenity, and has the vision and passing skills to get things moving.

At Brighton, he played a more subdued role, anchoring the defense and stopping opponent plays.

It serves as a striking reminder of Conte’s first summer at Chelsea, when he brought in N’Golo Kante to play a similar position in the center of the park following his championship-winning performances at Leicester.

It was the most significant acquisition he made for Chelsea and played a crucial role in their ascent to the title.

In order to provide the defensive consistency that hasn’t always been present, Conte will be hoping that Bissouma can go on to make the same influence at Tottenham as Kante did for Chelsea.

As backups for Hugo Lloris and Croatian winger Perisic, Conte also acquired two seasoned players in goalie Fraser Forster and winger Perisic.

Although it’s possible that Perisic, 33, has seen better days, he still provides Tottenham with much-needed depth in the wide spots up front, something they have lacked in recent seasons.

Having worked with the Croatian at Inter Milan, it is obvious that Conte trusts him as a player.

The wing-back position, which he also frequently played in while at Chelsea, looks to be the final missing piece.

He acquired Marcos Alonso, who would play on the left, and successfully converted Victor Moses to a wingback.

These roles have previously been filled by players like Ryan Sessegnon, Sergio Reguilon, Matt Doherty, and Emerson Royal. Djed Spence of Nottingham Forest is the player most heavily connected to Tottenham this summer.

They may continue to spend this summer on wingbacks and other offensive players, such as Richarlison of Everton and Raphinha of Leeds.

Given the gap between Manchester City and Liverpool and the rest of the league in recent seasons, few people will be expecting Tottenham to launch a championship push this season.

However, Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp will be mindful of the project Conte is working on at Tottenham and will be watching over their shoulders.

Fans will be confident that Spurs can at least pose a threat in the upcoming season thanks to the deals they’ve made.

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