Antonio Conte began life at Tottenham with a win within the Europa Convention League towards Vitesse Arnhem – a facet that had supplied one of many last nails in Nuno Espirito Santo’s coffin.
However there have been each causes to be happy with what he noticed and indicators of the onerous work that lies forward of him and his workers to whip this squad into appropriate form.
Conte hasn’t had time this week to make his mark. The previous Juventus, Chelsea and Inter boss was solely employed on Tuesday and had solely been launched to the gamers and watched coaching as a spectator by the point he was given the official go-ahead to take cost on Thursday.
He due to this fact didn’t actually change the personnel, choosing 10 of the 11 gamers that had began Nuno’s last sport on the weekend, a 3-0 sorry defeat to a struggling Manchester United. However he instantly put his trademark 3-4-3 system in place and that will probably be a vital a part of any future success.
There is no such thing as a doubting the attacking high quality within the Spurs squad and Conte will probably be delighted that he can work with gamers pretty much as good as Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura.
All three attackers had been concerned as Spurs raced right into a 3-0 lead throughout the first half hour. There may be additionally promise within the wing-back positions – such essential roles in any Conte workforce – with Sergio Reguilon and Emerson Royal getting ahead on the left and proper respectively.
However the place Conte must get to work quick is on the defensive facet of the ball. He’s recognized for his intense, bodily demanding type of play that requires fixed urgent and operating. That was missing from Spurs, notably after they went 3-0 up, which was what allowed Vitesse to struggle their method again into the sport comparatively simply earlier than the primary half was over.
At 3-2, the guests seemed assured and both facet may have scored the subsequent objective at that stage – however for a save from Hugo Lloris early within the second half, it very properly may have been 3-3.
Conte can even have to shine the tough edges that persist, corresponding to Cristian Romero’s propensity for a reckless problem. The Argentine was despatched off after accumulating a yellow card in both half, placing appreciable stress on his teammates till Vitesse had a participant of their very own despatched off. It’s going to take cautious teaching to rein that in and coax out the standard defender that exists inside him.
Spurs made it unnecessarily onerous for themselves, however a win is a win and now Conte could have a a lot clearer image of the best way to method his newest challenge.