Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur now potentially have the strongest squad they have ever had ahead of the new season while also praising manager Antonio Conte.
Tottenham have been one of the most active clubs in the summer transfer window having brought in Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster, Yves Bissouma, Richarlison and Clement Lenglet to add further competition to Conte’s squad.
Manchester City and Liverpool finished the campaign with a considerable points advantage over Chelsea and Spurs in third and fourth place respectively in the Premier League table, however, Tuchel believes that Spurs along with Manchester United and Arsenal’s activity in the market will keep the Stamford Bridge outfit on their toes.
Conte is currently reshaping his Tottenham squad for the challenge of competing for silverware, which will include a return to the Champions League for the first time since Mauricio Pochettino was in charge.
The Italian left Harry Winks, Sergio Reguilon, Tanguy Ndombele, and Giovani Lo Celso out of his squad for the pre-season tour of South Korea, with the quartet left in no doubt that their futures lie elsewhere (Daily Mail).
In an interview with Sky Sports, Tuchel said: “We’re competing against the two top teams but Tottenham did a very active and aggressive and early transfer period, they have maybe the strongest squad they ever had with one of the best coaches in the world, Man Utd are never shy of recruiting with a new coach and Arsenal had some big signings already so we need to keep the level up to be competitive.’
The reality is that Spurs have had an uncharacteristically good summer so far to help meet Antonio Conte’s demands for the club to show ambition. Last season they did well to secure a UEFA Champions League spot and have been desperate for added depth to the side in order to compete on more than one front.
Tottenham now have to transform themselves into having the mentality to actually be able to compete for trophies, rather than settle for finishing fourth or getting to the later rounds of a competition. There is still a lot of work to be done before they are on the same level as Manchester City or Liverpool, but are making all the right moves to close the gap.
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