‘I don’t lose my ambition’ – Conte opens up on wanting to win trophies at Spurs

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Antonio Conte
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Antonio Conte has revealed that he is enjoying his time at Tottenham Hotspur but admitted he retains the ambition to win big trophies as he has done through his managerial career.

We are now more than halfway into the January transfer window but Spurs do not appear to be close to completing any signings.

Conte has openly admitted over recent weeks that there is a gulf in quality between Tottenham’s squads and the best teams in the Premier League.

It was reported this week that there are fears among some Spurs players that the Italian could walk if he is not backed properly in the transfer window this month. However, Conte insisted that he is now fully focused on improving the squad.

When asked if he plans on fulfilling the entire duration of his contract, the 52-year-old told Football.London: “Honestly I like to live in the present and not to think a lot of the future.

“Now it is important to live in the present, to try in the present to improve the situation and get out the best of my players. To work to improve the situation because the present is now, the future is later.

“Later could be too much later for us. We have to be focused on the present and work to try to improve the situation now. Then I will see. Now we have to be focused on the present and we have to work a lot to try to keep Tottenham in the right position.

“As you know I signed a contract for the end of the season and one year more, but I repeat, I am enjoying my time at Tottenham and I have a good relationship with the people in Tottenham, with our chairman, with our general director.

“I want to work and improve this team. We have to be focused on the present to try to improve the situation. For sure I want to improve, we want to improve. This must be the important thing.”

Conte has a managerial record that would be the envy of coaches around the world, having guided his teams to league titles in five of his last seven full seasons in charge.

The Italian admitted that his drive and ambition to succeed has not changed despite the challenge of repeating a similar feat at Tottenham.

When asked about his record of winning major trophies, he responded: “Yeah, for sure. I don’t lose my ambition and this must be very clear. I like to fight for something important.

“I like to fight and to be competitive. I know very well there is only one team that can lift trophies at the end of the season, especially in England where the level is very difficult and every squad is very strong.

“For sure I don’t want to lose my characteristic. I don’t want to lose my will, my desire. Otherwise, I will go against myself. I have to be the same person in every moment and I want to keep this characteristic.”

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I honestly find the paranoia among some Spurs fans (and some journalists) about Conte walking out of Spurs, to be quite nauseating.

They come across as insecure boyfriends/girlfriends who are constantly worried about losing their partner due to their lack of self-esteem.

It has only been two and a half months since Conte’s arrival at the club and so it makes no sense to accuse the Spurs hierarchy of not backing him just yet.

The summer transfer window will be the true acid test of whether the club are prepared to match the Italian’s ambitions, and I believe that they will.

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