Antonio Conte has become the new Tottenham coach following the dismissal of Nuno Espirito Santo and, despite Spurs failing to grab a victory in his first Premier League game in charge, there are reasons for optimism following a slow start to the season.
In the Italian coach’s first game in the dugout, his team earned a narrow 3-2 home win over Vitesse in the Conference League after taking an early three-goal lead.
But, Tottenham looked improved in defence against Everton on Sunday and managed to keep their first clean sheet in eight Premier League games, despite failing to hit the back of the net.
Here, we take a look at three reasons why Spurs fans can be moderately optimistic.
Conte’s implementation of a 3-4-3 – or at times a 3-5-2 – formation at Chelsea proved to be a success in 2016-17 when the Blues took the Premier League by storm and went all the way to the title.
The Italian tactician shifted from Nuno’s preferred back four to a back three in his first game in charge at Tottenham and, although the team had virtually no time to adapt to the new system, Conte is confident that they will manage to do so after working on it in training.
Harry Kane’s enthusiasm
The Tottenham striker has been struggling to rediscover his form this season after trying to force an exit last summer when Manchester City reportedly attempted to acquire his services.
It will undoubtedly be one of Conte’s priorities to help Kane get back to his best, as the team need the England international’s scoring prowess in their pursuit of a much-coveted trophy.
Following Conte’s appointment, Kane expressed his excitement on the arrival of the Italian coach and sounded ready to work under him.
“It shows great ambition to be honest,” Kane told Standard Sport.
“His resume speaks for itself. Everyone knows how highly thought of he is and what he has done as a manager in the game. You have to respect that.
“He will work as hard as he can to improve us as players, but it is about us taking it in, learning, doing more on the pitch, doing more in training and doing more away from training.”
“It’s about making sure we give ourselves every opportunity to win. We have a manager and a club that believe in us and this appointment definitely shows that.”
“He is a fantastic manager. We haven’t reached the standards we have wanted to over the last couple of years, but we hope that this manager can help us turn it around.”
Unbeaten in two games
Despite Tottenham failing to impress with their displays against Vitesse and Everton, the fact that Conte kickstarted his tenure at the club with no defeats could provide both him and the squad with an important boost in morale.
The international break will give the Italian coach the opportunity to work with the team, get to know the players better and break down his style of play in his bid to build a winning mentality at Spurs.