ANTONIO CONTE and Tottenham are in danger of being absent from the top 4 due to team, tactics, transfers and titles.
The Spurs Again and again the master repeated the way back to those glories, the glorious nights for the successfully starving North Londoners to be long away.
But things are going as if it could be a dead end.
Conte appeared to be the answer to Tottenham’s trophyless prayers as he was drafted to replace Nuno Espirito Santo as manager in November.
And before Chelsea Captain Prem’s opening nine-game unbeaten run has certainly improved his new club’s performances, morale, position and chances of finishing in the top four this term.
But Wolf’ Sunday’s 2-0 win condemned Conte and Tottenham are heading for a third consecutive loss to Prem.
It is the first time the Italian has suffered a hat-trick in a three-leg loss in the League since he took charge of Atalanta in November 2009.
Spurs are currently 8th in the table, 5 points behind the 4th ranked team West Ham with 3 matches in hand.
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The Lilywhites are still on the verge of qualifying for next season’s Champions League – although the team’s recent performances and the manager’s mutable words suggest otherwise.
Conte led Chelsea to the 2017 Prem title in his first season in charge.
That was after he had led Juventus to three Serie A titles and before leading Inter Milan to another team.
Clear and understandable, he sees Tottenham as a more difficult factor to crack.
Conte, blatantly trying to defend his reputation, has pointed to every chance that he is not the first Spurs manager to be hit with this. And he was correct.
Every coach and player who has worked under chairman Daniel Levy for the past 20 years can claim extenuating circumstances for their failures.
Conte can honestly say he doesn’t have the players at his disposal at Tottenham to reach the heights he has reached at his previous clubs.
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Though it could be argued equally that if he did, he wouldn’t have been appointed in the first place.
When Conte took over at Spurs, he probably thought the squad he was inheriting was not a patchwork of his predecessors.
Even as they delivered results in his first games, the new boss was too eager to insist it was the wrong position.
And while you have to admit Conte’s arguably greater football knowledge, you have to wonder why the likes of Eric Dier, Ben Davies, Harry Winks and Davinson Sanchez, who are always on the periphery during the Halcyon days under Mauricio Pochettino were now considered the first team. formal.
Spurs’ squad, despite Conte’s bizarre claims to the contrary, is no stronger now than it was at the start of the January transfer window when Dele Alli, Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso and Bryan Gill were all left out. club.
The only players Tottenham brought in to replace them were Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski – both signed on the last day by alleged new Spurs player Fabio Paratici, who after months of scouring the area planet to add, finally got two players that he signed in his days alive. at Juve.
Paratici, newly appointed last year, has been dubbed ‘Fibio’ by Tottenham fans and from the streets is that despite working for him in Italy, Conte is very interested in him.
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That said, there’s no excuse for the new manager to keep trying to get his Spurs players to play from behind when it’s clearly not working.
After pursuing this tactic in the 3-2 home defeat to Southampton on Wednesday, Conte then persevered with it against Wolves on Sunday, which left them greatly harmed.
Tottenham don’t have enough talent to play this way, so why do it?
Conte realized this early on in the loss to Wolves when he replaced the unfortunate Ryan Sessegnon and switched to a four in defence.
Those who regularly follow Conte will know this could be the first time he has done it.
There were plenty of times when he changed from number four in defense to number three but rarely vice versa.
It shows how much even one of the most successful coaches in the game is now doubting himself at Tottenham.
Conte, like the rest of us, knows what a price he and Tottenham are still paying for not investing in new signings in previous transfer windows.
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But possibly the biggest obstacle to getting them back on track has been a 14-year title drought. Spurs have not lifted a trophy since their 2008 League Cup win over Chelsea.
Conte, his players and their predecessors have been constantly reminded of this ever since. It was like an albatross circling around their necks.
In recent days, Conte has spoken like a manager who wants to leave. He’s definitely not Bill Nicholson. But if Conte goes, who will be next for Spurs.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/football/premier-league/4685941/conte-tottenham-tactics-transfers-analysis/ Antonio Conte claims the road back to Tottenham’s glory days will be long.. but it looks more like a dead end