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What Tottenham fans can expect from Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte is a serial winner
Antonio Conte is a serial winner / Giuseppe Cacace/AFP | Visionhaus | Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

So, Tottenham fans, excited? Ready to take the next plunge into the unknown?

With Nuno Espirito Santo vanquished after some dismal defeats to the likes of Crystal Palace, Arsenal and Manchester United, the club moved quickly to bring in Premier League and Serie A title winner Antonio Conte on a deal running until the end of next season.

Make no mistake, Tottenham are a mess right now, and it will take some time for the Italian to make his mark, especially given the lack of coaching the squad has been given in the last few years.

But what exactly is that mark? Well, we've got a pair of 90min editors to take you through everything you need to know from his time at Juventus and Chelsea.


Conte rescued Juve / AFP/GettyImages

For Juve, we've got big calcio lover Jack Gallagher to guide you through...

Juventus endured their worst Serie A season ever in 2010/11, then Antonio Conte was appointed in the summer and they went on to win the Scudetto the following year without losing a single league game.

That really tells you all you need to know about Conte.

He goes to a football club and makes everything about that football club better. The players already at the club improve, the players coming into the club are of a higher calibre, and he even makes the style of play better (yeah, don't listen to people on Twitter who think he doesn't play exciting football).

Truth is, the football Juventus played under Conte was the best I've ever seen the club play.

The team pressed like Jurgen Klopp's BVB team on speed. It was amazing.

If you want to know what Conte's teams can be, check out the highlights from Juventus' 4-0 win over Roma in 2012.


Antonio Conte
Conte also turned things around at Chelsea / Michael Regan/GettyImages

Here's Tom Gott to walk you through Conte's spell with Chelsea...

Conte might come with a reputation for being defensive and boring, but his title-winning success at Chelsea was one of the most fun seasons Stamford Bridge has seen in recent memory. Sure, there was an increased focus on defending, but with two attack-minded wing-backs, two wingers and a striker in the team, it's not like he didn't want to have fun scoring goals. Chelsea flew forwards, overloaded defences and dominated some of the toughest teams around.

What Conte brought was an obvious passion for football and success. His touchline celebrations were brilliant and are still fondly remembered to this day. He just wants to win football matches and will do whatever it takes to do that.

He demands absolute perfection from his players and is prepared to give anyone a chance to offer that. Even Victor Moses became a superstar under Conte, so there is hope for even the fringe-est of fringe players at Spurs. Harry Winks remontada?

What he does bring, however, is an infamously short fuse which is ready to burst at any given second. He texted Diego Costa to tell him to pack his bags because he couldn't be bothered with his attitude anymore, despite how obviously crucial he was to the team. Not ideal really.

Conte's an acquired taste, but it's clear he does what he does because of his love of success.