Antonio Conte has slammed the philosophy behind Tottenham Hotspur’s January business and criticized his team’s poor situation.
According to the former Inter Milan and Chelsea manager, Spurs wanted to buy players who could be developed rather than already finished products.
In an interview with Sky Sports Italia, he claimed that emerging players would progress faster if paired with experienced players. This vision has been a source of irritation for him at Spurs, especially after three Premier League defeats in a row.
When asked if there are any parallels between Spurs and his first season as Inter coach, Conte said: “Should you find something like this, it is always difficult to make comparisons, but surely when you take the job in a team that hasn’t won in a long time, it is inevitable that you will lack confidence.”
“I saw circumstances that may have evolved, and once you’re in the situation, you realize that something isn’t right… what occurred in January wasn’t simple.” ”
“In January, four players left the team. Two players have arrived. So, instead of strengthening yourself numerically, you may have weakened yourself on paper.”
Spurs’ form has dipped in recent weeks, with three straight league defeats dropping them to the ninth position, seven points outside the Champions League places despite having three games in hand on fourth-placed Manchester United.
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Conte believes he was not backed up by ready-made additions in January and now understands the club’s strategy of developing players.
“Bentancur and Kulusevski are Tottenham’s best prospects. Tottenham is searching for young players who can be nurtured rather than ready-made players.”
“The club’s vision and philosophy are as follows. It’s unavoidable that if you want to improve and become more competitive faster, you’ll need players with a lot of experience because they raise the team’s experience level.