Alasdair Gold has said that Antonio Conte needs to believe that Tottenham Hotspur can upset the odds and at least compete for the Premier League title this season.
Tottenham have made a solid start to the season, with the North Londoners still remaining unbeaten in the Premier League, having accumulated 17 points from a total of 21 on offer so far this season.
Even though some of their performances this season have not been convincing, the Lilywhites have shown that they have a knack for picking up results – something that has been a trademark of the sides Conte has managed in his career.
Spurs currently sit just one point off the top of the table but Conte has continued to play down the club’s ambitions publicly.
Even following the 6-2 win over Leicester City on Saturday, the Italian remarked that Tottenham are still a step behind Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea, in terms of their squad strength (Football.London).
Despite those comments, Gold has opined that Conte will believe that his side can ‘at least compete’ in the league this season.
When asked in a Q&A on Football.London, what he believes the Tottenham head coach’s ambitions are for the season, the journalist responded: “Conte wants to win things. It’s as simple as that.
“I think he’s realistic in that the strength of Manchester City and Liverpool will make that difficult in the Premier League, but he needs to believe he can upset the odds and at least compete in the league, while trying to win in the cup competitions.
“As for the squad, it’s a start. You can see he’s happy with most of it, but as with all managers he wanted more. I think Spurs will have to spend in January because he’s indicated that this is a multi-window process to improve the squad.”
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Understandably, managers always tend to downplay their team’s ambitions publicly as they do not want to put pressure on themselves or their players. However, there is no doubt that privately, Conte will be telling the Spurs players not to put a limit on their ambitions for this season.
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