Tottenham’s Antonio Conte laughs off suggestions he has to spend big to win trophies

The Tottenham manager takes his side to Burnley still smarting from a Europa Conference League defeat to Slovenian minnows NS Mura.

Pa Sport Staff
Saturday 27 November 2021 11:48
Comments
Antonio Conte takes Tottenham to Burnley this weekend (Adam Davy/PA)
Antonio Conte takes Tottenham to Burnley this weekend (Adam Davy/PA)

Tottenham boss Antonio Conte has laughed off his reputation of having to spend money to win trophies.

Conte arrived at Spurs three weeks ago and has already made it clear he has reservations about how far his current squad can go.

The Italian was close to joining in the summer before talks broke down amid the suggestion that Conte was demanding too many funds.

Antonio Conte has rejected claims he has to spend big to succeed (Adam Davy/PA)

But the 52-year-old, who has had success at Juventus, Chelsea and Inter Milan, says Romelu Lukaku is the only player he has asked to sign.

“It makes me laugh,” Conte said in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport. “Let me tell you that in my career in the end I have always made money, not spent.

“I have often worked with young people to train, depreciated athletes or to be rebuilt, players who had never won until then.

“All players who have re-evaluated, thanks to my work. In my career I have only asked for a player who has been paid a lot.”

Conte has quickly found out just how big a task he has on to take Spurs back to the top of the English game, especially after the eye-opening defeat to Slovenian minnows NS Mura in the Europa Conference League

He insists he has all the facilities to do his job with the club’s state-of-the-art stadium and training centre, but says there is a gap to the playing side of the club.

“Tottenham has world top club structures,” he added.

“The team must be up to it. Today there is a gap between investments made by the company and sporting results: we have to fill it.”

In Harry Kane Conte does at least have a world-class player, even if the England captain has performed poorly in the Premier League this season.

Kane’s desire to win trophies is well known and Conte wants to help him achieve that.

“He wants to win with this shirt, my aim is to help him make his dream come true,” he added.

“But in general, the best thing for a coach is to be told at the end of the season, ‘thanks, I have improved with you’.

“Kane is already a champion but I would like to be able to add one, two, three per cent more.”

Tottenham had a night to forget in Slovenia (AP)

Conte is happy to be back in the Premier League despite the situation he inherited.

“I am enjoying it a lot, I am enjoying everything in these three weeks, the atmosphere, to work here and I am enjoying a lot,” he said ahead of Sunday’s trip to Burnley

“To be back in the Premier League makes me happy.

“I didn’t think that I would miss my job after only four months. It happened, I’m happy and am proud to be here, in Tottenham I know this is the place for me to work in the way that I like and I am enjoying every moment of my day.”

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in