In just two seasons at Chelsea we saw all the good and bad things that come with hiring Antonio Conte as manager, so what can Tottenham expect as this deal apparently moves ever closer?
Conte has been keen on returning to the Premier League ever since leaving Inter Milan in the summer, CaughtOffside understands, and there’d be no shortage of fans of several top English clubs who’d welcome him back with open arms.
Even today there were many Manchester United fans complaining that their club wasn’t moving for Conte, who would surely be an ideal upgrade on the struggling Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford.
It’s easy to see why Conte’s track record would appeal to Man Utd, but could everything that comes with that possibly make him and Spurs an explosive combination – and not in a good way?
Conte’s biggest challenge
Much is quite rightly made of the fact that Conte took Chelsea from 10th to 1st in the space of one year. It’s a heck of an achievement, of course, but it would be foolish to treat it as some kind of Leicester City-esque miracle.
This was a Chelsea squad that had been totally demoralised by Jose Mourinho the year before, but also largely the same group of players that also won the 2014/15 title, so it’s not like Conte was inheriting a mid-table side and working on a shoestring. His task was taking the likes of Eden Hazard and Diego Costa to the next level, whilst being instantly delivered the signing of N’Golo Kante. Hardly rags to riches.
No disrespect to Tottenham, but he’s inheriting a far worse squad here. Sure, they’re not as bad as Nuno Espirito Santo was making them look, but aside from Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, this will be one of the weakest squads Conte has had to work with.
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