Antonio Conte has spoken to the club’s official YouTube channel about how much he is enjoying working at Tottenham and about the pride he feels about the foundations he has built at N17.
There have been a few ups and downs already in the little over a year that Conte has been at the club but from the Spurs head coach’s body language on the touchline, it is clear that he is extremely invested in making the project a success.
It remains to be seen if the Italian would commit his long-term future to Tottenham but he admitted that he is enjoying working with the current crop of players at the club.
Conte said: “I have a good passion for football. I like to stay very close to my players to share the emotions with them. I’m enjoying my time being the coach of such an important club in England, with the environment, with the players and with the fans.
“I show my passion also during the training session. A coach has to be totally involved. I like to see my players work. Mentally, you have to be strong, to be focused, to always be 100%.”
A lot has been said and written already about the Spurs head coach’s attention to detail and he believes that the incremental changes he and his staff have introduced has had a big impact on the team.
He continued: “The nutrition is important. Food helps you to recover well, to have energy during the game, to have energy during the training session. I’m a coach that pays great attention to this detail.”
“The game is so emotional because the fans push you until the end. In many games we are really good at coming back to win a difficult game. It means that the players believe in ourselves. We believe in the strength of the team.”
Conte also opened up about the resilience that he built during his playing days a result of his injury woes, admitting that he looks to transfer some of that to his players.
The 53-year-old added: “When I was playing, I had a lot of injuries. I think that I broke many parts of my body. On the one side, it was really difficult for me during my career, but on the other side the positive aspect was that this injury taught me the resilience to stay in, and then to continue to work, to believe in what you do.
“I think that it’s good to transfer this to my players. It’s good to reflect. To understand why you lost the game but also in a positive situation, it’s important to face it in the right way. Sometimes when you win you are a bit relaxed and instead, you have to be focused every time.”
Despite some of Tottenham’s indifferent form over the last few months, Conte insisted that he his coaching staff have built solid foundations at the club that can be built on in the future.
“To get a place in the Champions League last season, that was a big, big achievement for us,” he said. “The other aspect that I like a lot, we are building a solid foundation for the present and for the future. I’m really proud of the work that we are doing.”
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It is quite ironic that some media outlets as well as a section of Spurs fans on social media, tend to over analyse every little negative remark that Conte makes and what it means for his future, while completely ignoring his positive statements like the one above.
While it is worth considering that some bits of this interview might have been done a couple of months prior, the Italian’s words still suggest that he is very much keen on continuing to build on the work he has done at the club so far.
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