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Tottenham Hotspur need to back Antonio Conte – They will regret it if they don’t

Tottenham Hotspur have not won a trophy since the League Cup in 2008.

If you are a regular social media user, this will not come as a surprise to you. Supporters of Arsenal, Chelsea and anyone else who isn’t too fond of the Lilywhites will remind you of this fact at any given opportunity.

Their best chance to end this dry spell came during Mauricio Pochettino’s time in charge. The Argentine built an exciting, vibrant team with all the foundations of a winning side.

Pochettino had a promising squad at Spurs

Hugo Lloris was one of the world’s best goalkeepers, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen formed arguably the best centre-back partnership in the league, Dele Alli was emerging as a superstar, Christian Eriksen and Heung-min Son were world-class. Heck, Harry Kane was outscoring Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in 2017.

And they came close to getting some silverware. From 2015/16 to 2017/18, they finished inside the top three in the Premier League, and they reached the Champions League final in 2019. It felt like they were just one or two signings away from doing something special.

But ultimately, it ended without trophies. Some players stagnated, others moved on, and it eventually all went stale. The squad was nowhere near as strong as it once was, and Pochettino was out the door.

Had owner Daniel Levy given the former Southampton boss a bit more money to play with, they may have had one or two winners’ medals. But, having moved into a huge new stadium believed to have cost around £1 billion, money was somewhat tight.

Since that Champions League final, Spurs have been nowhere near reaching that level again. Their squad is way off where they need to be.

However, what they have is a manager who is proven at the highest level. Antonio Conte is one of the finest managers of the modern era, winning six league titles.

Conte is one of the world’s most sought after managers

The Italian can bring success to any side with the right squad. Last season, he took his Inter Milan side to their first league title in over a decade, ending Juventus’ nine-year stronghold on Serie A.

But having a world-class manager is meaningless if they don’t have enough quality at their disposal. If there’s one thing that their recent Carabao Cup semi-final tie against Chelsea proved to us, it’s that Tottenham’s starting XI is weak, and their depth is frankly shocking.

All three of the goals they conceded over the two legs were self-inflicted. Japhet Tanganga was responsible for two of them, and Pierluigi Gollini had a nightmare for the other. And, in general, they were by far second-best.

They need at least one new centre-back. They need at least one new central midfielder. They need someone to challenge Harry Kane. They need someone who they can rely on to create chances. They need to invest.

Spurs need to make some changes to their squad

Right now, the difference between having Conte at the helm instead of Nuno Espirito Santo is the difference between qualifying for the Europa League and finishing mid-table. It’s better than nothing, but it’s still not much of an achievement.

If Conte goes, Spurs realistically won’t get a better manager. They will have wasted their opportunity with one of the world’s best coaches.

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