New Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte left his players in no doubt on the scale of the task at hand when he spoke of the need for a drastic overhaul on Friday.
The 52-year-old Italian coach was in charge of his first Friday (5/11) WIB game, with a positive result after a 3-2 win over Vitesse Arnhem in the UEFA Conference League game, which revealed many weaknesses of Tottenham. .
In defense, Spurs looked chaotic and exhausted as Vitesse came back from 0-3.
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The former manager of Juventus, Chelsea and Inter Milan has openly admitted that he is not impressed with the way his team have lost control despite their dominant appearance.
Speaking to reporters on Friday, Conte admitted that turning Spurs into a side that could dominate the Premier League table is a huge challenge and will require patience.
“We have to work a lot to try to improve this team in many aspects, not only tactically but also physically and we need a little more time to do that,” he said.
“I see that in the last few days we need a lot of work to improve the abilities of all players, not just one, two or three players,” continued Conte.
Conte said performance on the pitch should match the club’s progress in building infrastructure, including their magnificent new stadium.
“This club hasn’t won anything for many years and to be champions it doesn’t happen after a day or two, or two months, you have to have a vision,” said Conte.
“This club has a big vision off the pitch, now we also have to have a vision on the pitch. It’s important if you want to win. Just because you have a vision you can build something for the present and the present. ‘future,’ he added.
Ahead of Sunday’s trip to Everton, Spurs sit ninth in the Premier League table after losing five of their first 10 games.
Conte himself refused to reveal his goal for this season because for him it was not easy to train from the start.
“We just have to be strong and work together and think that we have to keep improving,” he said. “The room for improvement for this team is wide open. I hope that this commitment, this attitude and this behavior will continue for the rest of the season.”
Conte, who replaced Nuno Espirito Santo, who was sacked this week, was also asked about why he had only signed an 18-month contract.
“The contract suits me, I hope to find the right relations for this club for a long time of course.” (Ant / OL-1)