13.11.2021 - Antonio Conte has long been considered one of the best managers in soccer, but many would consider the likes of Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, and Thomas Tuchel to be better. Now that Conte has signed as the manager of Tottenham Hotspur, though, he has the perfect opportunity to earn recognition as the greatest in the game. If he can turn a faltering Spurs side into title winners, he will cement his name in history.
Conte Makes Grand Return to Premier League
Conte has long been linked with a return to the Premier League, with many believing that the Italian would have been the perfect replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United. With Conte now out of the picture after joining Spurs, Brendan Rodgers and Zinedine Zidane are among the favorites in the next United manager odds at 4/6 and 5/1 respectively.
According to the manager specials news, Conte’s in-tray at Tottenham Hotspur stadium is fit to burst. Not only does the new boss have to get his players firing and mount a challenge on the top four this season, but he must also decide which fringe players he wants to ax from the wage bill. The former Inter Milan manager will also be drawing up a shortlist of signings so that he can strengthen in crucial areas in January.
What has the Italian Achieved so Far?
Conte joins Spurs with an impressive CV under his belt, and there is no doubt that he is there with the target of winning trophies. This is why Harry Kane has suddenly changed his stance on wishing to leave the club. The England captain has expressed a desire to stay because he believes that Conte can deliver silverware.
Kane has good reason to believe that Conte will succeed where others have failed before him. The 52-year-old has won Serie A three times with Juventus and once with Inter Milan, along with the Premier League and FA Cup with Chelsea. He also won the Italian Super Cup twice with the Old Lady and finished as runner-up in the Europa League with the San Siro outfit. Now, he has his sights set on another trophy in the English game.
How Will Conte Play?
When Conte was at Chelsea, he deployed a hugely successful 3-4-3 system and set a record for the most wins in a season in the English top flight. On the way to winning the title in the 2016-17 campaign, the Blues won 30 of 38 matches, and Conte also earned Manager of the Month awards three months in a row. On top of that, Conte’s tactics influenced other managers and sparked a resurgence in the 3-4-3, a formation that many believed to be obsolete.
It appears that at Spurs, Conte will use the same strategy that was so successful at Stamford Bridge. In his first couple of games, he lined his charges up in a 3-4-3 system that saw Son Heung-Min and Lucas Moura on the flanks with Kane at the tip of the trident. Wingbacks are crucial to Conte’s style of play, and Sergio Reguilon was the most advanced player for Spurs in the manager’s first league game against Everton. If the Spaniard can adjust quickly to his new role, he will be key to helping the Lilywhites progress.
Spurs could be the perfect place for Conte to prove that he is the best soccer manager in the world, simply because the North London side aren’t a readymade giant expected to win everything. If he can win the league where Mauricio Pochettino and Jose Mourinho failed, it would be a hugely impressive feat.