Antonio Conte crisis at Tottenham amid bid to end ‘chequebook manager’ criticism


Tottenham take on Manchester City on Saturday after a tough few weeks that included three successive league defeats and a jaw-dropping interview with Antonio Conte

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Antonio Conte will arrive at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday under a cloud, after three consecutive Premier League defeats and after a stunning interview with the Italian media.

Conte was only in charge of Tottenham for 109 days, but already very predictable problems arose.

When Spurs were looking for a replacement for Nuno Espirito Santo, we were often told how difficult it would be for the club to land Conte.

The Italian manager had refused them this summer. He doesn’t like taking jobs in the middle of the season. He insists on having a say in the development of the transfer strategy. He was disappointed with the job offered in North London.

Eventually, Conte took the job on 2 November and after the initial promise on the pitch and the excitement of hiring a big-name manager, things started to go downhill.

Antonio Conte is frustrated with Spurs’ lack of transfer activity


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The honeymoon period is well and truly over at Spurs, who take on defending champions Manchester City tonight after successive defeats to Chelsea, Southampton and Wolves.

The January transfer window has been characterized as a time of opportunity and renewal. Working alongside a familiar face in Fabio Paratici, Conte could bring in reinforcements and start shaping the team in his image.

This idealized image did not emerge. Spurs missed their two main targets – Adama Traore and Luis Diaz – in Barcelona and Liverpool and ended up bringing in two of Paratici’s former Juventus players, Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski, instead.

Meanwhile, Dele Alli, Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani lo Celso and Byran Gil have all left, leaving Conte with fewer players to work with. He wasn’t shy sharing his thoughts on the situation.

“It’s always difficult to make comparisons, but if I had to find something similar it would be the lack of confidence that is inevitable when you start working at a club that hasn’t won for a long time,” Conte said. . Sky Italy this week.

“I’ve seen some situations from the outside that could be developed, but when you get into it, you realize that something…

Antonio Conte oversaw three straight defeats for Spurs


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“What happened in January was not easy. We lost four players in January. Four important players for Tottenham, and we only signed two. So even in terms of numbers, rather than to strengthen the team, we have weakened it on paper.

“Bentancur and Kulusevski are ideal prospects for Tottenham because Tottenham are looking for young players they can develop and grow, not ready players. That’s the problem.”

Conte is an extremely experienced and successful manager. He is surely aware of the consequences of speaking so frankly to the press.

Still, there’s a fine line between saying something in search of impact and saying something that causes unnecessary backlash. What did he expect from Spurs?

His comments also leave him open to the familiar accusations he’s faced throughout his career: that he’s a checkbook manager.

The current situation at Spurs is certainly a stark contrast to his previous jobs at Juventus, Chelsea and Inter Milan.

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Dejan Kulusevski joined Spurs on transfer deadline day


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During Conte’s first transfer window to Juve in the summer of 2011, he oversaw the addition of 15 players, including Arturo Vidal, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Fabio Quagliarella and Andrea Pirlo, at an outlay of around £83m. pounds sterling, according to transfer market.

During Conte’s first transfer window to Chelsea in the summer of 2016, he oversaw the addition of five players – Michy Batshuayi, N’Golo Kante, Marcos Alonso, David Luiz and Eduardo – for a combined fee of around £119 million.

During Conte’s first transfer window to Inter in the summer of 2019, he oversaw the addition of 12 players, including Romelu Lukaku, Christian Eriksen, Alexis Sanchez, Diego Godin and Nicolo Barella, to around £146 million.

Of course, Conte turned that money into trophies at all three clubs, winning three league titles with Juve and one each at Inter and Chelsea.

But his current whining about the state of Spurs’ transfer activity will only give credence to his critics, who have clearly gotten to the 52-year-old.

“It makes me laugh,” Conte said in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport in November.

Antonio Conte insisted on signing Romelu Lukaku for Inter Milan



“Let me tell you that in my career I have always made money, not spent.

“I often worked with young people to train, to depreciate athletes, or to rebuild players who had never won before.

“All the players who re-evaluated, thanks to my work. In my career, I’ve only had [once] asked a player (Lukaku) who was paid a lot.”

Ironically, today’s game against Manchester City brings Conte face to face with Pep Guardiola – a man who he has already argued about expenses for success.

“I think this season it’s very important to understand that it’s not always about who spends the most money,” Conte celebrated in April 2017as his Chelsea side edged closer to the Premier League title.

“This season is not the only season where Manchester clubs have spent a lot of money. It’s normal. It’s just that they do it, to strengthen their teams, if they think it’s the right way to win the title. You’ve seen the past – every season they spend a lot of money.

The accusation of being a checkbook manager is clearly unfair to Conte. But to completely dispel the myth, he has to prove that he can win another way with Tottenham.

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