Antonio Conte’s appointment as manager of Tottenham has been recieved extremely well by supporters following the sacking of Nuno Espirito Santo on Monday. However, the Italian may take longer to acclimatise to the toughness of the job in north London, after managing director Fabio Paratici confirmed they haven’t spoken about a January transfer budget yet.
Conte signed an 18-month deal on Tuesday to signal his second stint in the Premier League and his second stint in London, after managing Chelsea from 2016 to 2018.
His first season at the Blues was mesmerising, setting a then-league record of 30 wins from just 38 games in the Premier League as they romped to the title by seven points, winning an insane 51 points from a possible 57 at home.
And his form at Tottenham’s cross-city rivals will have Lilywhites fans dreaming about potential major trophies and success in general following a tepid 18 months since Mauricio Pochettino’s sacking.
If his spell brings instant successes at Tottenham, he is likely to win the UEFA Conference League given that Tottenham are bookies favourites to win the competition.
But that will be the least important competition on his mind, especially with the draw of the Champions League and Premier League both being up for grabs for Conte over the next 18 months – which will likely only be possible with a suitable budget.
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“We have to be focused on our team.
“I think the team is competitive.
“We have very good players so we don’t speak about players now. Not the right time.”
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Tottenham take on Vitesse Arnhem at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Thursday in a bid to progress to the knockout stages of the Conference League.
Conte’s men currently sit third in the group after losing to their opponents in the return fixture in Holland.
But a win in London and victory over minnows FK Mura in four weeks time will effectively see them qualify.