Antonio Conte has told Football.London that the challenge of the Premier League still excites him, but made it clear that your squad has to be incredibly strong to compete at the top level in England.
Since arriving at Tottenham Hotspur in November 2021, Conte’s tenure has been full of ups and downs.
He oversaw a fantastic run in the second half of last season where Spurs catapulted themselves into the top four at the expense of Arsenal, thus securing Champions League qualification.
This season has been far more frustrating and inconsistent, with performances and results not living up to the high standard set last term.
Conte’s own personal life has been hit by multiple difficulties of late, too, with three of his friends passing away over the course of this season, and Conte himself suffering from severe health issues.
Spurs are currently in fourth place in the league and have a good chance of maintaining that position until the end of the campaign once again.
But, there are question marks over Conte’s future at the club.
The Italian’s current contract expires in the summer and it is thought the club will meet with Conte next month to discuss what the plan is beyond the end of the season (The Athletic).
It is currently unclear whether Conte wants to stay, or if the Spurs hierarchy even want him to. But, the 53-year-old has admitted that he does enjoy managing in the Premier League.
He said: “I think that for sure to play the Premier League, to be a coach in the Premier League it means you have to be ready to face a great competition.
“To face important players, important clubs, important coaches and for this reason, the motivation is really, really high.”
“For this reason, you want to be strong, to have a strong team and to try to be competitive.”
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There’s no doubt that Conte relishes the challenge of the Premier League, and that’s a big part of the reason why he might end up staying at Spurs.
I just think that the factors in his personal life, and the fact he misses being in Italy with his family, will outweigh his professional aspirations.
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