Reviving Spurs is Conte's 'biggest challenge'
LONDON, Dec 2 , 2021 (AFP) - Antonio Conte says getting troubled Tottenham
back on track will be the biggest challenge of his glittering managerial
Conte has quickly realised the size of the task he faces to revive
Tottenham after a difficult first four weeks in charge.
The Italian was left chastened by an embarrassing Europa Conference League
defeat to Slovenian minnows NS Mura last week.
And Conte, a title winner with Chelsea, Juventus and Inter Milan, conceded
before Thursday's Premier League game against Brentford that he will have to
work overtime to turn the tide in north London.
"Biggest challenge, yes. But as I said in Mura, I'm not scared about this,"
"I have a lot of enthusiasm. When I arrive here, I enjoy the situation. I
enjoy to work with the players, I enjoy to speak with the club, I enjoy to
create a good base.
"Now the most important thing is this - to create a good base and then to
build something important.
"We need a bit of time but I'm sure we can improve a lot and give
satisfaction to our fans.
"This is a big challenge for the club. This is a big challenge for the
players. For everybody."
When Conte won the Premier League with Chelsea in 2017, Tottenham finished
second under Mauricio Pochettino.
Conte believes Tottenham are paying the price for not overhauling
Pochettino's squad earlier.
"The club, in the last years, has been slipping," he said. "If I compare
Tottenham to when I was in Chelsea, Tottenham was very competitive, a really
"And I think that to lose important players or someone became old and then
to have a change of generation, I think Tottenham now is paying a bit of
"Now we have to create, to start again. To think that we have to create a
solid base and then to build.
"Because if we don't have a solid base, it's impossible to build something