Antonio Conte has already shown Daniel Levy how he will make Tottenham dreams come true


Tottenham will be hoping it’s second time lucky in 2021/22 with Antonio Conte closing in on replacing Nuno Espirito Santo as head coach.

Naming the Portuguese in the hotseat in June after such a long and frustrating search to find Jose Mourinho’s replacement, the former Wolves boss was dismissed on Monday morning after a hugely disappointing first four months in the job.

Espirito Santo did manage to record five wins from his first ten Premier League games but the manner of their five defeats were extremely alarming, as were the team’s struggles in the final third as they barely troubled their opponents more often than not.

The 47-year-old was quite simply the wrong fit for Tottenham and not the man to help them get back to playing an attractive brand of football.

Daniel Levy had stated back in May that he wanted to appoint someone who had the same values as the club and who would get the team back to playing “free-flowing, attacking and entertaining” football.

Spurs just never looked like doing that under Espirito Santo and things came to a head last Saturday in the 3-0 defeat against Manchester United when fans made their feelings loud and clear.

Missing out on Conte in the summer despite holding talks with him, Levy and Tottenham now have a second chance to get their man and they cannot get it wrong this time.

While maybe the Italian doesn’t necessarily fit the profile of manager the chairman said he wanted back in May, he is a winner and the hope is that he will bring some much-needed silverware to north London.



Antonio Conte looks on course to be appointed as Tottenham’s next manager

However, Conte did show in his time in the Premier League with Chelsea that his side can play the sort of football that Levy and Tottenham supporters have been craving.

Here we take a look at six examples from his time in west London that show why Tottenham fans should really look forward to his potential arrival:

October 23, 2016 – Chelsea 4-0 Manchester United

Following such a mixed month in September with Chelsea drawing at Swansea City and losing against Liverpool and Arsenal, Conte switched to a 3-4-3 formation and it worked wonders for Chelsea.

It all come together the following month as the Blues ran riot against Mourinho’s Manchester United to record a 4-0 win.

Taking the lead after just 30 seconds through Pedro, everything just clicked for Conte’s side and they wrapped things up with N’Golo Kante waltzing through midfield and calmly slotting home beyond David de Gea.

It was undoubtedly one of their best results on the way to the title.

November 5, 2016 – Chelsea 5-0 Everton

The goals would continue to flow for Chelsea in their following home match as they hit Everton for five.

Conte’s team were at their scintillating best as they toyed with Everton at Stamford Bridge, with Eden Hazard, who was at the double, playing a major role in the drubbing.



Antonio Conte celebrates with Diego Costa after Chelsea's win over Everton
Antonio Conte celebrates with Diego Costa after Chelsea’s win over Everton

Football commentator John Motson claimed it was “football on another planet” and that it was the “best 90-minute performance” he had ever seen in the Premier League.

The Blues really were at their best that evening.

December 3, 2016 – Man City 1-3 Chelsea

An important game in the title race, Chelsea left the Etihad Stadium with all three points despite trailing 1-0 at the break.

Maybe not playing the football they had played the previous month against Everton, the west London club showed another side to their game as they worked extremely hard to come away with the win.

Levelling things up through Diego Costa after Cesc Fabregas picked him out with a long ball, their final two goals through Willian and Hazard were quick breaks that they finished off extremely well.

Chelsea showed in Manchester that they really meant business in the title race.

February 4, 2017 – Chelsea 3-1 Arsenal

Hazard played a pivotal role for Chelsea across the whole season on their way to the Premier League title, with the 3-1 win over Arsenal another game where he showcased his incredible talent.

That was clear for all to see in the second half as he weaved his way past a handful of players and brushed off Francis Coquelin on his way to scoring one of the goals of the season.

It was another key win in their title charge.

April 30, 2017 – Everton 0-3 Chelsea

Chelsea took a big step towards the title in 2017 with a 3-0 triumph at Everton.

Coming up against Ronald Koeman’s side who were in the mix for European football and very strong on home soil with one home defeat in the Premier League in 2016/17, the Blues brushed them aside for the second time in the campaign as they ran out convincing winners.

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Going ahead with a rocket from Pedro before Gary Cahill doubled the lead, Willian finished off the game with a fine team goal to put his team on the verge of title glory.

January 20, 2018 – Brighton & Hove Albion 0-4 Chelsea

The 2017/18 season may have been one to forget for Chelsea in the Premier League but they were at the top of their game when they visited Brighton in January 2018.

Claiming a 4-0 victory on the south coast, the champions were in exquisite form and that was clear to see from their second goal as Willian finished off after superb flicks from Michy Batshuayi and Hazard to tee him up.

Hazard’s second of the afternoon following a lengthy run would normally have been seen as goal of the day but it wasn’t a patch on Willian’s strike.

Conte’s Chelsea side were so good at the Amex.





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