Tottenham Hotspur boss Antonio Conte explains how much importance he places on Champions League success
As a manager, Tottenham Hotspur boss Antonio Conte has had a poor record in Europe. Having managed teams like Chelsea, Juventus, and Inter Milan in the past, much has been expected of him.
While he has managed to win league titles at each of these three clubs, he failed to win the UEFA Champions League trophy with any of them.
The furthest he got with any team in that competition was the quarter-final stage in the 2012/13 edition, where his team lost to Bayern Munich by a 4-0 aggregate scoreline. Of course, this is a stat that Conte would be desperate to improve on his CV.
When asked about the importance he places on success in Europe, Conte said (h/t Football.London):
“I think success in Europe with a trophy is important for every manager. You know very well that it’s not simple, not easy because to lift a trophy in Europe, especially in Champions League, it’s important also to be the coach, the manager – or you have more probability to win it if you are in a team that’s used to win[ning]. It’s normal.”
Tottenham could go far this season
Spurs don’t enjoy a good record in the UCL as well. Manager Mauricio Pochettino took this club to the final in the 2018/19 season, which, in hindsight, is a spectacular feat.
There is no reason why Spurs should not think of themselves as a team that has a real shot at matching or bettering that feat this season. The team looks more solid than it has in recent years, at least on paper.
In Conte, we have a manager with an incredible winning pedigree, be it domestically. And to top it off, we have a group we would expect to make it out of without much trouble.
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Spurs are in Group D with Marseille, Sporting CP, and Eintracht Frankfurt. They open their UCL campaign against Les Phoceens tomorrow night at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.