Antonio Conte claims he is not afraid of Tottenham’s ‘bumpy’ road after humiliating defeat to Slovenian minnows NS Mura as Spurs boss vows to fulfill Harry Kane’s dream of becoming champions
- Antonio Conte admitted Tottenham faces a bumpy road but has no fear
- He watched his 10-man side be defeated 2-1 by Slovenian minnows NS Mura
- Harry Kane has only netted once this season for Spurs in the Premier League
- But Conte insisted that Kane is already a champion and wants to help him improve
Antonio Conte insisted he is not afraid of the ‘bumpy’ road ahead with Tottenham, as he vowed to fulfill Harry Kane’s dream of becoming champions.
The Italian’s start as manager at Spurs has not been entirely smooth sailing and he faces a huge task to get his team back on track.
Conte watched as his 10-man side was beaten 2-1 by Slovenian minnows NS Mura – the lowest-ranked team in the Europa Conference League to have lost all four of their previous matches.
New boss Antonio Conte insisted he is not afraid of the ‘bumpy’ road ahead with Tottenham
Spurs are currently seventh in the Premier League after losing five of their 12 games this season.
But Conte claimed he is excited about the challenge, having proved he can take on ‘reconstruction’ projects after his spells at Juventus, Chelsea and Inter Milan.
“I never took teams that won the year before, but always reconstruction paths,” Conte told The Sun.
Tottenham lost after beating Mura ., the lowest-ranked team in the Europa Conference League
“Juve came from eighth, Chelsea from tenth, Inter from fourth.
“I know it will take some patience this time. In Milan I left a finished job. Here I have to start over and go into the current season, which is never easy.
‘We’ll start with abc, but along the way we want to speed up with the letters of the alphabet. The path is bumpy, but it doesn’t scare me, it excites me.’
Despite the bumpy start, one of the attractions of managing Spurs for Conte is having Harry Kane to work with, even as the England captain struggles to form in the Premier League.
Harry Kane’s form has dropped alarmingly this season and he has scored just one league goal
Conte wanted to lure Kane to Stamford Bridge during his reign there, but eventually went to work with the 28-year-old at Tottenham.
The striker has scored just one league goal so far this season, but Conte claimed the skipper is already a champion as he pledged to help him win in a Tottenham shirt.
“Kane wants to win with this shirt and my goal is to help make his dream come true.
“But in general, the best thing for a coach is to hear at the end of the season, ‘Thank you coach, I’ve improved with you’.
“Kane is already a champion, but I would like to add one, two or three percent more to what he has.”