ANTONIO CONTE has admitted managing Tottenham is ‘different’ because the club lack ‘confidence’.
The Italian gave a candid interview to Sky in Italy, in which he lifted the lid on what he really thinks about Spurs’ transfer window.
While lauding January arrivals Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur as “ideal” signings for Tottenham, Conte also insisted there would be no quick fix to his “weakened” squad’s problems.
Asked about the comparison between his start to life at Spurs and his arrival at Inter in 2019, he said: “It’s always difficult to make comparisons, but surely when you take the job in a team that hasn’t long won, it is inevitable that you will lack confidence.
“Confidence is down and many times at the first hurdle you throw yourself and many times the negativity increases even more. Sometimes you grant goals that you find difficult to accept.
“It happened to us in the last period. It’s part of a process of a team that has to grow a lot to try to be competitive.
“Right now we are one of many teams that are in the middle. They need to work a lot and that doesn’t scare me at all.
“It’s inevitable that the situation compared to the past for me is certainly very different in terms of outlook, ambitions, in terms of fighting to win. I realized it’s a totally different situation anyway. “
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Conte, 52, accepts he won’t be financially supported in the same way he has been at other clubs, and urged fans to be patient as he aims to steer his ship.
He continued: “It is inevitable that in January it will be very difficult to sign two players like Bentancur and Kulusevski who, I repeat, are the ideal prospects for Tottenham.
“Tottenham are looking for young players, players to develop, not ready players. The vision, the philosophy of the club is as follows.
“It is inevitable that if you want to grow faster and if you want to be competitive faster, you need players with a lot of experience, because that also leads to an increase in experience in your team.
“But again, the vision for the club that I have achieved is this and will continue to be. For this reason, it will take a lot of patience and I continue to explain it to the whole environment and to the fans. “
Conte then admitted: “I saw some situations from the outside that could be developed, but when you go in there you realize that something… What happened in January was not easy.
So even just in numbers, rather than strengthening the team, we weakened it on paper
“We lost four players in January. Four important players for Tottenham, and we only signed two.
“So even in terms of numbers, rather than strengthening the team, we weakened it on paper.
Despite his appeal for patience, Conte insisted he was happy with the job he accepted in north London.
He added: “Tottenham have been in the middle of the table for so many years. But here it didn’t scare me.
“I’m certainly happy with the way we’re working.
“I think we are doing a lot, but I realize that being in the situation it will take time and patience because there are a lot of young players, even in their first experience in the Premier League, who need grow, gain experience and raise their level.”
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