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Spurs fans can also look forward to a change of system under Conte. Mourinho tended to play a 4-2-3-1 formation, using that approach 20 times in the league this season. Mourinho experimented with a back three to mixed effect before his dismissal and Conte is likely to continue that approach. Inter used a three-man defence in all 38 of their league matches this season, so expect to see the same at Spurs – though it will require investment from the club.
Scoring was not a problem for Spurs this season. Only Manchester City and Manchester United scored more goals in the league, and Spurs converted a higher percentage of their chances (14.9%) than any other side in the division. But their inability to hold on to leads ultimately cost them a spot in the Champions League. Spurs dropped 23 points from winning positions in the league this season – only Brighton let go of more.
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From Daily Express
Antonio Conte plans to revamp Tottenham’s defence by signing Inter Milan centre-back Stefan de Vrij this summer, according to reports.
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Personal terms agreed, most of the transfer budget/players etc agreed. Stumbling block is two key folds:
1. Conte wants his backroom staff to join him at Spurs, Levy is limiting that to 4 only members of staff.
2. The shape/availability of quality of players at the club is not deemed to be good enough to break into top 4, let alone win any trophy. Conte isn't impressed. The rebuild job looks daunting it seems.
Fabio Pratici deal almost done, and Spurs are on the verge of signing a DoF. This signing will go ahead regardless whether Conte signs or not.
According to a report from La Stampa (as relayed by Sempre Inter), Tottenham’s interest might have played a role in convincing Antonio Conte to quit Inter Milan.
Conte resigned from Inter after leading the club to a historic Scudetto win, with reports indicating that he was unhappy with the club owners’ insistence that the squad had to be trimmed.
The likes of Alasdair Gold have suggested that Tottenham decided to make Conte their number one target after realising that Paris Saint-Germain were not willing to budge on Mauricio Pochettino returning to the club.
However, if La Stampa are to be believed, the North London club showed interest in the Italian coach even before he left the San Siro.
Gianluca di Marzio has come out on Friday afternoon to crush the heart of many Tottenham fans.
The journalist, taking to his website, is reporting that, as things stand, the ‘London trail’ for Antonio Conte is ‘getting further away’.
It’s stated the manager has ‘more and more doubts’ about agreeing to the job on offer at Spurs, and the manager, who was already thinking twice about it on Thursday, ‘seems to be veering towards not accepting’ the offer from the Premier League side.
This would come as a crushing blow to Daniel Levy and co., who would see yet another target of theirs slip through their fingers as they continue their search to find the official full-time José Mourinho replacement.
Di Marzio states the doubts from Conte’s end are ‘especially down to the potential competitiveness of the squad in view of next (and subsequent) year(s)’.
He feels the ‘technical gap with other bigger teams is honestly very big and would be difficult to bridge’.
Thus, the ‘trail is getting colder’, and it appears Conte is now one step away from dropping out of talks altogether.
DANIEL LEVY'S MASTERPLAN: ANTONIO CONTE, FABIO PARATICI AND HARRY KANE TO LEAD WINNING MACHINE – INSIDE FOOTBALL
Daniel Levy still has no intention of selling Harry Kane this summer, as the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea circle, while expected inbound duo Antonio Conte and Fabio Paratici will insist the England striker remains in north London. Dean Jones is here with the latest Inside Football to dive into a fast-improving situation at Tottenham…
Now Antonio Conte is on the verge of signing as the club’s new boss - fresh on the back of winning Serie A and four years after leading Chelsea to the Premier League title. An agreement is also in place for Fabio Paratici, formerly of Juventus, to join him in a Director of Football style role, with sights set on making sure the club’s business decisions are in line with the very biggest clubs in Europe.
Raiding his old club
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