There’s no denying Antonio Conte is a massive coup for Spurs. The man is a serial winner who has won trophies and made an immediate impact at his last three clubs; Juventus, Chelsea, and Inter Milan. Tottenham‘s Sporting Director Fabio Paratici is credited with making the deal happen. The two worked together at Juve, and it’s looking like their relationship is the key factor that convinced Conte to take the job in North London.
HOW WILL SPURS LINE UP?
Conte’s success at Juventus, Chelsea, and Inter Milan was built on a back three. Looking at Tottenham’s squad I think he will set them up in a 3-5-2 formation similar to the one he used at Juve.
The reasoning behind my thinking is that Harry Kane likes to drop deep now and get involved in the build-up play. It’s pointless having Dele Alli, Giovani Lo Celso, or Tanguy Ndombélé play behind the front line because the space they thrive in is occupied by Kane and vice versa.
Hugo Lloris will remain in goal and keep the captain’s armband. The World Cup winner is the only player in the squad over 30-years-old and his experience is invaluable.
Erik Dier, Davinson Sánchez, Ben Davies, and Joe Rodon would all benefit from having the extra protection a back three brings. Summer signing Cristian Romero was a part of Atalanta‘s three-man defense last season and can be the leader and ball-playing defender of this backline.
Sergio Reguilón and Emerson Royal have the engines to get up and down the pitch in the wing-back roles. We could see Lucas Moura or Steven Bergwijn converted to wing-backs just like Victor Moses at Chelsea or Ivan Perišić at Inter Milan. It’s bad news for summer signing Bryan Gil who is an out-and-out winger. At 20-years-old he’s still developing and could adjust his game.
Conte loves a deep-lying playmaker. At Juve he had Adrea Pirlo, Italy it was Daniel De Rossi, and Marcelo Brozović at Inter. Harry Winks has the ability to be that player and will be given a chance to prove himself.
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg has to be one of the first names on the teamsheet. His work rate is outstanding and he can be an enforcer or box-to-box midfielder. In my opinion, Ndombéle has the potential to be one of the best midfielders in the league. He can also play as a box-to-box midfielder and could work really well with Højbjerg in a double-pivot.
Up top, it has to be Kane and Heung-Min Son. These two have developed one of the best-attacking partnerships in Europe and Conte will want them to replicate Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martínez‘s numbers from last season. The pair scored 40 goals between them on Inter’s way to the Scudetto.
TOTTENHAM’S ODDS TO WIN SILVERWARE THIS SEASON
Conte’s appointment has already got the Sportsbooks scared, slashing Tottenham’s price to make the Top 4 from +1000 to +650. Their Futures price for the other competitions are:
- Win Europa Conference League +600
- Win EFL Cup +650
- Win FA Cup +1200
- Win Premier League +20000
I like them to make the Top 4. Chelsea, Manchester City, and Liverpool have the top three positions locked down, and fourth is up for grabs. Conte is more than capable of unlocking the full potential of this Tottenham squad and moving them up the league table.
I would also back them in the EFL Cup at +650. They’re two wins away from the final, and Conte knows a piece of silverware will do wonders for his new club.
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