New Tottenham boss Antonio Conte admits he ‘needs time’ to improve his squad physically and mentally as he laments lack of experience in bid to get Spurs firing again
- Antonio Conte took over at Tottenham Hotspur at the start of November
- He has already overlooked a chaotic win over Vitesse and a draw at Everton
- Conte insists he needs much more time to improve his new side in every manner
- But the Italian believes his ‘young’ squad have the potential to improve
Antonio Conte promised to infiltrate the minds of his Tottenham players as he searches for permanent signs of physical and mental improvement.
Conte has his entire squad back together after the international break with the exception of Argentina pair Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso who have both returned from South America with injuries.
Romero is expected to be out for some time with a hamstring injury while Lo Celso is a doubt for Sunday’s game against Leeds, as the new boss continues to implement his changes to the diet and regime of his players.
Antonio Conte is determined to improve his current crop of players at Tottenham Hotspur
‘When you arrive at a new club, you try to be focused,’ said Conte, who is reported to have taken ketchup and pizza off the menu at the Spurs training ground, as he did when he first arrived at Chelsea. ‘You have to improve on the pitch: tactically, physically. Also mentally.
‘You try to take a moment to have one on one with the players, to know them in every aspect, not only through football. I think it’s good. They have to know me and I have to know them.
‘I have found players with a great will to work and a great will to improve, to try to do something special for this club. I am the first person to know we need time because this team is a young team.
The Italian coach though insists the process will take time as he get his ideas across
‘On one hand maybe we don’t have the right experience and this is not good. But on the other hand we have players who are young and if you work we can improve together, and this is good for me, for the club and for the players.
‘My idea has to go into the mind of the players offensively and defensively. We need a bit of time and a bit of patience but I am happy because I am seeing great effort from the players and this is very important to reduce the time to understand the idea.’
Conte’s reign started with a chaotic 3-2 win against Vitesse Arnhem in the Europa Conference followed by a goalless draw at Everton in the Premier League, when his team failed to register an effort on target.
Conte’s first Premier League game as Spurs boss saw them grind out a draw at Everton
‘For sure, we have to find the right balance,’ said the Italian. ‘Too offensive is not good, too defensive is not good and the right balance is to make your team stable and ready to have good results – and to have good results for a long time, not for only one game.
‘To have ups and downs, ups and downs, ups and downs is not good if you have a target in your club.
‘Our first game was vital, a vital game to continue in the Conference League and we won a game that previous we lost. Then against Everton we had a good game, and showed the character and will and desire to have a good game against a strong opponent.
‘Now we have to improve with the work and to improve the areas.’