Would Antonio Conte turn Tottenham into title-winners? The Verdict

Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte has been linked with Tottenham

Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte is amongst the latest names to be linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur with Corriere dello Sport via Sempre Inter suggesting those behind the scenes in North London had made contact with the Italian. 

A serial winner, the former Chelsea manager recently won his fifth top-fight title across two different countries while ending Inter’s 11-year drought, though the financial uncertainty at the San Siro could see him leave prematurely. 

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Having proven himself in England after replacing Jose Mourinho in 2016, Conte would be a big-name appointment though slightly controversial given his reputation for falling out with owners, as well as how things ended at Stamford Bridge. 

So, how do our writers think Conte would get on were he to move back to the English capital over the course of the summer? 

GIVEMESPORT’s Jonathan Gorrie, Joshua Cole, Sam Brookes and Christy Malyan offer their verdicts below… 

Jonathan Gorrie

While the jump to challenging for the Premier League may seem a large one at the moment, Conte has proven he can seriously improve a largely underperforming squad before. 

Though his Chelsea side had won the title as recently as 2015 when he arrived a year later, he managed to get the best out of the likes of Marcos Alonso and Victor Moses, as well as coach Diego Costa – whose career would soon take a sharp decline – into the most feared striker in the Premier League once more. 

With Romelu Lukaku, Conte finally turned him into a league-winning marksman, something Harry Kane would surely love. In fact, the Belgian striker praised his boss for the belief shown him, allowing him to score the goals to finally win a league title. 

If Tottenham are going to ever make the most of having the likes of Kane and Gareth Bale on the books at this stage of their careers, they need a manager who can get them fit and firing right away. 

Daniel Levy could do a lot worse than Conte. 

Christy Malyan

“Yes – if Spurs want instant success.

“The Italian showed at Chelsea just how quickly he can create systems that leave his rivals tactically stumped and, within that, utilise unlikely players in new roles. It’s quickly forgotten that Conte’s 3-4-3 was so successful that by the end of his first season half of the division was trying to copy him, all the while playing Victor Moses as a right wing-back and Cesar Azpilicueta as a wide centre-half.

“He’s now gone to Inter Milan and performed a similar trick, albeit this time taking two seasons to make his way to the title. Clearly he’s a very capable manager who quickly works out how to fit the players at his disposal into a high-functioning system. The only problem is end-game: Conte left Chelsea in a huff and not that far away from the same mess he inherited, and it’s not as if there’s been a lasting Conte legacy at the Bridge.

“He doesn’t have a particularly strong record of nurturing young talent, so it’s a question of what Spurs are trying to achieve. Conte is as good a candidate as any if they want to get back into the top four next season. When it comes to the long-term though, I’m not convinced he’s the man for a rebuild.” 

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Sam Brookes

“A step too far.

Conte managed to clean up Mourinho’s mess before, and turned Chelsea into title winners within his first 12 months at the club. However, it seems that the gap between Spurs and the top teams is too big a gap to bridge at the moment, even for Conte.

“Manchester City and Liverpool have been regularly earning over 90 points, making it more difficult for the chasing pack to catch them.

“Conte could realistically get Tottenham back into the top four, but are they ready to overtake Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering City side any time soon? It does not look that way.”

Joshua Cole

“Whilst there is no doubting Conte’s managerial talent, it may be wise for him to steer clear of the vacancy at Tottenham.

“With Daniel Levy’s reluctance to completely back previous managers Mauricio Pochettino and Jose Mourinho in the transfer market hindering Spurs’ progress in recent years, there is no guarantee that Conte’s arrival will buck this trend.

“Considering that the club’s squad is in need of an overhaul if they are to challenge for a Premier League title in the coming years, the funds may not be in place to facilitate this.

“Keeping this in mind, Conte may find it beneficial to stay at Inter instead of joining a club who are currently lacking direction. “

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