Conte claims players ‘feel’ that Spurs are now ‘building something important’

Antonio Conte
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Antonio Conte has claimed his players feel the club are potentially on the cusp of doing something special but admitted it is going to take time for Tottenham to get to the level they want to reach.

Spurs have been proactive in the transfer market so far, making six new additions this summer – Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster, Yves Bissouma, Richarlison, Clement Lenglet, and Djed Spence.

The North London club have abandoned their historic approach of selling unwanted players before making new signings, and have instead addressed most of the weaknesses in the squad well before the campaign gets underway.

There is now seemingly plenty of competition for places at Spurs, and Conte admitted that strengthening the squad numerically was essential to be able to compete on four fronts.

Some pundits have suggested that Tottenham can challenge Manchester City’s and Liverpool’s dominance in the Premier League (talkSPORT), and the Spurs boss admitted that he is setting his sights high ahead of his first full campaign in charge in North London.

When asked about Tottenham’s aims for the upcoming season, Conte told Football.London: “In comparing last season I think numerically we improved the squad and I think that we worked with the club to improve the quality as well as that numerical aspect.

“When you have to play four competitions, like Premier League, Carabao Cup and FA Cup and especially Champions League, you need to have an important squad and honestly last season I think that we reached a big achievement with 12, 13 players.

“I think we tried to do our best, for sure and this is the start.

“You can build in one year a great building but I think last season we put in a good foundation and now, this summer, we tried to build the first and second floor but we know that we need a bit of time.

“At the same time we have ambition and the players are working very hard because they believe in what we are doing. They feel that we are building something important with the club.”

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Conte is understandably playing down talks of a potential title challenge as he does not wish to put pressure on himself or the players. However, privately, the Italian will be telling the squad that they can challenge Man City and Liverpool.

A third-placed finish and winning a trophy this season will represent great progress for Tottenham and would potentially lay the foundation for a sustained title bid during the 2023/24 season.

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