Antonio Conte has explained that he wants to ‘build many leaders’ at Tottenham and is aiming to create a solid foundation for success.
After four games at the helm, the Italian has claimed two wins and a draw, but suffered his first defeat in charge of the club with a shocking 2-1 result against NS Mura in the Europa Conference League on Thursday.
Conte berated his team’s performance after the encounter, while he also admitted that he is already starting to understand the problems within the N17 squad.
The former Inter Milan boss stated he is looking to change the personality of the team on the road to success by shaping more of his players into leaders.
He said (via Football.London): “It is important to have many leaders. Harry [Kane] for sure is one. Then we have our captain [Hugo Lloris].
“This team is very young. I know we have to build many leaders and to work in this aspect.
“The players are young but at the same time it is important to take responsibility, but I am also here to teach this aspect to my players and as more time passes we will improve in many aspects.”
In recent seasons, Spurs have emerged as a club whose players have a close bond with each other, with former manager Mauricio Pochettino the pioneer in creating an upbeat and close-knit environment.
Although Conte agreed that having such an environment is important, he admitted that it is simply not enough if the club is to achieve silverware going forward.
He added: “These are a group of players that are sure to be solid. Very compact and this is important when you want to build something important.
“A group of players that enjoy to stay together. That is very important, I found a family here, but that is not enough to win.
“It’s important but we need to improve in many aspects and we are working on this. We have just started our path, we want to improve together, I am sure time will give us results.”
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You can see that Conte is already starting to pick out ways in which he can change the outlook of the club, in the hope that it can be successful in the long run.
A manager like Conte can turn players you least expect into critical pieces of a squad, and that is something that we hope can happen here.
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