Antonio Conte insists no manager can deliver a quick fix at Tottenham

The Italian has undertaken a massive rebuild project.

Jonathan Veal
Friday 04 March 2022 14:52 GMT
Antonio Conte says Spurs have been inconsistent for 20 years (Adam Davy/PA)
Antonio Conte says Spurs have been inconsistent for 20 years (Adam Davy/PA) (PA Wire)

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Antonio Conte says no manager in the world would be able to deliver a quick fix at Tottenham, who have been stuck in a rut for 20 years.

The Italian, who was appointed in November, has undertaken a massive rebuild project, with the squad needing major surgery if they are going to get back to the top table of English football.

One of their biggest problems has been stark inconsistencies in both results and performances, highlighted by the fact they won at Manchester City in the Premier League but then lost at Burnley and Middlesbrough in the FA Cup.

Tottenham were knocked out of the FA Cup at Middlesbrough on Tuesday (Mike Egerton/PA)
Tottenham were knocked out of the FA Cup at Middlesbrough on Tuesday (Mike Egerton/PA) (PA Wire)

Conte says this has been the story of Tottenham for the last two decades, which has coincided with Daniel Levy’s reign as chairman.

He said: “For sure, to have this up and down I don’t like. I always said this from my first day when I arrived.

“Tottenham’s story is this, many ups and downs, but to be competitive, to try to win something, to try to fight for something important and become a strong team, the first thing that has to happen is to be stable and avoid these ups and downs.

“To do this and to change this type of situation that is happening for many, many years in Tottenham, it’s not simple.

“In a short time it’s impossible to do this, not only for me but I think for any manager or coach to come in and change the story in one second.

In a short time it’s impossible to do this, not only for me but I think for any manager or coach to come in and change the story in one second

Antonio Conte

“This story of this club for the last 20 years.

“Especially when this club for 20 years has this type of situation.”

Spurs are back in action when they host Everton on Monday night and they have some good injury news with Rodrigo Bentancur and Lucas Moura back from injuries.

Oliver Skipp is still out with a groin injury, with Conte last week saying he hoped his medical staff could rush him back.

Lucas Moura is back in training after injury (Adam Davy/PA)
Lucas Moura is back in training after injury (Adam Davy/PA) (PA Wire)

But this week Conte said: “It is a pity I think in England that sometimes you should have a conference with the medical department.

“The doctors, it is too easy for the doctors to work here, because they don’t speak, they don’t explain what happens, you understand?

“Sometimes I think that could be good, one day, if in two weeks, to have a good press conference with the medical department to explain about the situation of the players, about the situation that they are trying to take care of their players. It is too easy for the medical department in England, I think so.

“He’s not ready, he’s having this problem with groin pain, and is fighting and he could recover before but maybe something was wrong, and now we have to wait.”

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