Antonio Conte has explained that he cannot treat the Tottenham job in the same way he treated his roles at Juventus and Inter Milan due to the differences between the clubs.
While Conte won Serie A titles with both Italian clubs, Tottenham are struggling to keep pace with the top four, let alone make a play for the Premier League trophy.
The Spurs head coach admitted that the Lilywhites are currently a team in transition and he is trying to help them along the process with his own plan. He talked about improving the team, rather than fighting for major trophies as he has done throughout his managerial career.
There are just ten days or so left of the January transfer window and Spurs are yet to sign a single new player to improve Conte’s squad, while the likes of Arsenal, Man City, Newcastle, and Man United continue to climb away from the N17 side.
Asked about his experience at Tottenham, especially with the passing of some close friends this year, Conte said (Football London): “I think that we have to try to understand that we are talking about two different situations.
“For sure under the personal aspect it is a difficult season for what happened (with his friends passing away) but now this situation is not important.
“This situation is my personal situation and then will be the time to make the right decision for me, for the future, for my family, but this situation doesn’t affect the work and doesn’t affect the team. I’m really focused. About this aspect I’m an animal because I’m really focused.
“For sure if you tell me about my previous experience with Inter, Chelsea and Juventus, but also with Siena and Bari, yeah these are different situations.
“When you understand very well what is the situation you realise and then you go into it with more strength, you understand? It’s logical if my expectations continues to be the same at Juventus and Inter, then maybe could be dangerous because my frustration could be big.
“Instead I know what is my task in this situation and then I’m working very hard because I want to improve. I want to improve the team and the club with my vision, with my idea, with my suggestions.
“Then for sure we see. I’m totally into the new situation and know that my task is to be part of this process and try to, with a team in transition, to start to become solid and to build a solid foundation and try to build a team ready to fight to win.”
Spurs Web Opinion:
I get the feeling that Conte is hinting more and more that he is merely a step in Tottenham’s process, rather than the man to see it through until the end. I would be surprised if he is in charge of the club this time next year. I suspect he will move back to Italy in the summer.
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