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ntonio Conte says that three weeks into his reign he realizes the scale of the challenge he faces in transforming Tottenham’s fortunes, but warned: “I am not a magician”.

The result leaves the fate of Tottenham in the Europa League in the balance and immediately erases much of the optimism that accompanied Conte’s first Premier League win, against Leeds on Sunday.

The 52-year-old has already spoken on several occasions of the work required to bring Spurs back to a position from which they are able to fight for trophies and the top four, but admitted that the scale of the task only appeared to him now.

“I have to be honest and tell you that after three and a half weeks I’m starting to understand the situation,” Conte said. “I can tell you that the situation is not easy.

“It’s not easy because at the moment, for sure, the level of Tottenham is not so high. There is a big gap with the best teams in England. Of this we must not be afraid. I am here to work, here to improve the situation.

“I know right now we need to have patience, time and I’m here because I know there are issues to be solved. After three and a half weeks I’m happy to stay here but at the same time I have to be honest and tell you that we have to work a lot to improve the quality of the [current] team. We’re Tottenham and Tottenham right now, there’s a big gap. “

Conte made nine changes to the squad that kicked off the victory over Leeds but, like his predecessor, had to watch his second channel miss his chance to impress and work his way into his thinking for Sunday’s fixture with Burnley.

The Spurs boss has repeatedly stressed the importance of improving the players currently at his disposal, but with the January transfer window just over a month away, has hinted at the need for reinforcements.

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“The situation is now starting to be very clear in my mind,” he added. “I like to win, I play to win in all the competitions we have to play. It must be the same for my players.


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