Antonio Conte aware he faces a ‘big challenge’ at Tottenham
New Tottenham boss Antonio Conte admits he has a “big, big challenge” to face in ensuring the club’s success.
Conte has succeeded Nuno Espirito Santo and will be tasked with trying to challenge Spurs for honors and Champions League qualification.
He got a glimpse into Spurs’ current life in his first game in charge on Thursday, where Spurs led 3-0 against Vitesse Arnhem in the Europa Conference League, but ended up hanging on to a 3-2 victory. .
Spurs were Conte’s main rivals when he was at Chelsea, winning the Premier League title ahead of Mauricio Pochettino, but he knows there is a long way to go to reach that level.
He has the infrastructure in place, with the new stadium and an impressive training ground, but has once again insisted that it is time for the team to catch up.
The Italian said: “It’s a big challenge. A big, big challenge. I know very well that this club has not won for many years.
“But I think I’m here to build the win. Victory does not come after one, two or three days or a month. You have to have a vision.
“This club has a great vision off the pitch. Now we have to start having a vision on the pitch, on the football field. It is important if we are to win.
Conte got an 18-month contract with an option to extend, which is hardly a long-term contract.
But the 52-year-old, unemployed since leaving Inter Milan this summer, doesn’t care.
“I think my contract is not a problem, 18 months and we have decided,” he said. “I also understood the sacrifices that this club made for me.
“It’s good but I think the best thing for us is to work with the players, with the club and to understand that we can work together for a long time. I hope.
“Because I think this club if you want to work, you can work. You have a fantastic training ground and the club give you everything – if we ask for anything to improve the situation for the players.
“At the same time, I know you have to be patient. I am the first person who needs to have patience. When you work with a team again, especially at the start of the season, you have a month to introduce yourself, your staff or the players. Getting into the job during the season is not easy.
“But the contract is OK for me and my hope is to find good conditions with this club for a long time, that’s for sure.”
Spurs are currently ninth in the Premier League ahead of Sunday’s trip to Everton.
“Now to say that we have a specific goal is not easy,” he said. “I think the club is the same. (Fabio) Paratici knows very well that this is the situation.
“I think right now it’s not right or right to say that we want to do this or achieve that.
“Right now we just need to be strong, start working together and think we need to improve. And there is a lot of room for improvement in this team.
“But now, and more than in the past, after three or four days, we have to work harder.”