Spurs boss Antonio Conte admits he did NOT have faith in his side’s ability to finish in top four


Tottenham boss Antonio Conte admits he did NOT have faith in his side’s ability to qualify for the Champions League this season – but is now targeting his players to pull off a ‘miracle’ top-four finish

  • Tottenham begin their run-in fifth, three points behind neighbours Arsenal 
  • Antonio Conte is now happy to go speak publicly about his target for his team 
  • Conte side-stepped suggestions that it would be better for Kane to stay put 

Antonio Conte is putting the pressure on his Tottenham players to pull off a ‘miracle’ and finish in the top four after they turned him into believer.

Conte admitted that following his November appointment he did not, at first, have faith in Spurs’s Champions League credentials.

But that has changed and now he is happy to go speak publicly about his target for his team.

Antonio Conte is putting the pressure on his Tottenham players to pull off a ‘miracle’

The Italian insisted his side are still in with a chance and urged them to fight until the end

The Italian insisted his side are still in with a chance and urged them to fight until the end

Spurs begin their run-in fifth, three points behind neighbours Arsenal, having played a game more.

Conte said: ‘It is right to underline that this target is very, very difficult and we are not the only team that wants to try to do this miracle.

‘Before, it was a bit difficult to tell about the targets. I arrived in November and the situation wasn’t so good.

‘I had to feel this possibility. I know before I didn’t feel this. I don’t like to promise situations that I don’t believe.

‘You see my face and understand if I’m telling the truth or lie. I don’t like to lie, I prefer to stay in silence. But now I’m seeing great improvement in my team. For this reason to put a target of fourth place is good.

‘Honestly, now I feel this sensation that we can reach this target and for this reason I put this positive pressure on the team.

‘If you want to be competitive and win trophies, you have to live with the pressure.

‘The pressure has to be positive, you have to use this pressure to push you at the maximum level not let the pressure make your legs heavy.’

Securing a top-four finish would only improve Spurs¿s chances of keeping Harry Kane

Securing a top-four finish would only improve Spurs’s chances of keeping Harry Kane 

Securing a Champions League return would only improve Spurs’s chances of keeping Harry Kane following his attempt to leave last summer.

Conte side-stepped suggestions that it would be better for Kane to stay put and avoid the potential upheaval caused by a summer move with the Qatar World Cup starting in November.

Though Conte said: ‘To finish in the Champions League would be a great achievement for everybody and allow us to take different decisions and good decisions for me. For sure it will be very important.’

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