Is Antonio Conte and Tottenham not viable?

Tottenham Hotspur has been struggling since the exit of Mauricio Pocchetino from the club to Paris Saint-German. Spurs were a fierce team during the Argentine era from 2014 to 2019. The club did bring world-class managers like Jose Mourinho and Nuno Espirito Santo but could not achieve what they dreamt of. The London-based club has been eyeing to become a title contender or a regular qualifier in the Champions League for the past decade. Sadly, things are not going in the right direction for the team. Antonio Conte in 2021 to change the perception of the club.

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Spurs are often mocked by opponents for not winning titles despite the investment. Their fans were positive upon the arrival of Antonio Conte, but questions started to arise after they lost three consecutive matches. So are Conte and Tottenham a perfect match or are they not viable working together? Let’s analyze with facts.

Conte’s Accolades and Style of Play

Antonio Conte is considered one of the top managers due to the accolades he has won. The Italian manager proved to be a flexible strategist after he helped Chelsea win the Premier League in 2016-2017. Also, his other achievements include three Serie A titles with Juventus and one with Inter Milan in the 2020-2021 season. 

Conte wearing a crown after winning the premier league title with Chelsea. Source: beIN Sports

The Italian likes to play a short passing possession game where the ball is played out from the back. His style is often referred to as a direct style of attacking play. His formation is able to utilize long balls and score from the counter. Moreover, in his first interview as the Spurs manager, he explained his desire to play attractive football. Conte prefers three defenders, two wing-backs, one or two in the midfield to orchestrate play and also defend without the ball. 

What went wrong between Spurs and Conte?

Tottenham was flying high under Conte less than a month ago after Steven Bergwin’s stunning double over Leicester City. The astounding win at the King Power stadium saw Spurs a point behind fourth-place, West Ham with three spare games in hand. The team was unbeaten under Conte until the January transfer window.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte poses for a photo at Tottenham Hotspur, Source: Tottenham Hotspur

However, Spurs are now on a losing streak in the league by three games, falling to the eighth position before facing City this week. This could mean a fourth loss in a row looking at the form Manchester City is in.  The aim of finishing fourth and qualifying for the Champions League still looks real, but losing against City will be tough for Conte to digest. 

Conte dissapointed after conceding goals against Chelsea. Source: The Transfer Tavern

Some more Facts

Nonetheless, in any other case, the club would have blamed the manager for the poor result, but not Conte. The Italian holds the prestige of being a winning manager, due to which fans are patient, unlike the last manager Nuno Espirito. Moreover, Conte has fielded his team perfectly, but the team still looks dull on the attack and catastrophic on the back. The Spurs conceded seven goals in three games, scoring only two goals against Chelsea, Southampton, and Wolves. 

Furthermore, Conte publicly slammed the strength of his team and said the squad was ”weakened” during the transfer market. He argues that the club let go of four players and brought in just two. That is why he feels there is only 1 percent chance of finishing fourth this season. The club brought in Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur from Juventus. Meanwhile, they let go of Dele Alli, Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso, and Bryan Gil. 

Conte addressing a press conference at Tottenham Sports club. Source: SportsMa

Furthermore, Conte believes the January window did not match the ideas that were required to transform his side into the title challengers. He added ‘Rather than reinforce the squad, we on paper weakened it’. Also, Conte wanted young players who could develop rather than ready players. As per sources, Dele Alli, Ndombele, and LoCelso were exactly at the forefront of the Italian’s plans for Tottenham.

As of now, Conte will have to work with whatever he has until the club agrees with his demand. Also, it will be interesting to see the result against Kevin De Bruyne’s Manchester City. The result against City could change lots of things for Tottenham and Antonio Conte himself.