The last weeks of Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte’s career have not been the easiest, as his struggling side prepare to face Premier League leaders Manchester City on Saturday.
After he said in an interview with Sky Italia that Tottenham came out numerically weaker in the winter transfer window, Conte added that his team had only a 1% chance of finishing the season in the top four.
Conte did not lose his first nine league matches after his appointment last November, but Tottenham suffered consecutive defeats against Chelsea, Southampton and Wolverhampton Wanderers, dropping to eighth place.
This is the reality for the coach who won league titles with Juventus, Chelsea and Inter Milan but is now witnessing his worst career in a league competition in 12 years.
“Before, I always said that you have to feel that you only have a 1% chance of winning the league,” Conte said this week.
And that may not be what Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy wants to hear, especially after Conte’s comments to Sky Italia this week about the club’s winter transfer activity.
Tottenham signed Juventus duo Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevsky, the latter, on loan, but allowed four players from the first team to leave, namely Dele Alli to Everton, Tangay Ndombele, Brian Gill and Giovanni Lo Celso on loan deals until the end of the season.
Conte said the situation was “not easy” and that Tottenham were more interested in developing young players rather than signing ready players.
Asked about his comments during a news conference on Friday, Conte said he could not understand why people were trying to create a potential conflict between him and Levy over the club’s ambitions.
He said: “I don’t understand why someone would want to create a problem with me, the president knows my thoughts very well, if I have to talk to him, I go and talk to him directly, this means that the club now does not want me to talk to the Italian media because the translation did not clearly express my thoughts.” “.
It wasn’t their best preparation for City, who have won 14 of their last 15 league games and were superb in a 5-0 demolition of Sporting Away away on Tuesday to put one foot in the Champions League quarter-finals.
The only positive thing for Conte is that defender Eric Dier is available again after he missed the defeats against Southampton and Wolverhampton Wanderers through injury.
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