Antonio Conte Unveiled as New Tottenham Manager

Hamish Woodward

Antonio Conte becomes Tottenham Hotspurs new manager.

Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte joins Spurs on an 18 month deal with the aspirations of revitalising the London club.

A 3-0 loss to Manchester United which was a do or die match for both managers saw Nuno Espírito Santo being sacked. That sacking led to Spurs appointing Conte as the new Tottenham manager. Conte was favourite to take the lead at Spurs at the beginning of the season but the deal fell through when the club and coach couldn’t come to terms.

Conte stated that his move to join Spurs at the beginning of the season fell through because he was not mentally in the right place after he departed from Inter Milan. Ironically Conte was a bigger favourite to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United than to be the next Tottenham manager.

Will Antonio Conte succeed with Tottenham Hotspur

Conte arrives after a successful domestic season with Inter Milan winning them the Serie A title ending a 10-year drought.

He also has Premier League success winning the coveted league title with Chelsea and an FA Cup. He possesses the second-best win percentage in the Premier League amongst the current managers with an impressive 67% behind Pep Guardiola who has a 73% win percentage.

Conte has stated that he views management as being the complete package you have to be able to deal with the players, the fans and the board not just be concerned about on-field tactics.

Conte has a fierce reputation of leading the changing room and requiring a lot of discipline from his players that could either be a big turning point in how Spurs play or might see him go as quick as he came.

The Spurs players didn’t play for Nuno they seem to have lost faith in him with recent trends in football allowing players to have so much power losing the changing room might mean losing your job that’s something Conte will look to have controlled at the start of his tenure well before any other tactics.

Conte’s Tactics

Conte prefers a 3-5-2 formation which will rely on a strong CDM who will dictate the midfield. He plays attacking football which requires his wingbacks to sit back when they are out of possession and start attacks when they have possession.

The wingbacks will need to produce a healthy amount of crosses for the front two. The same tactics which saw Romelu Lukaku find success at Inter Milan might just work in the favour of Harry Kane who has a similar playing style as Lukaku.

The January transfer window is close and any big deals will probably only be done at the end of the season. That means Conte will have to rely on the current squad. This would likely see him look to Hojberg to be his main CDM and control the midfield. 

The next 5 Spurs fixtures are considered to be winnable with their toughest encounter expected to be against Everton. It will be interesting to see how Conte will fare at Spurs but one thing is certainly something special is brewing at Tottenham.

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